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National Football League reportedly determines Raiders complied with Rooney Rule

National Football League reportedly determines Raiders complied with Rooney Rule

Following the announcement of the hiring of Jon Gruden as the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders, the National Football League had conducted a thorough investigation on if the team had abided by the "Rooney Rule".

Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie both claim the organization met the requirements by interviewing Southern California offensive coordinator Tee Martin and then-Raiders tight ends coach Bobby Johnson prior to agreeing to contract terms with Gruden.

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The Rooney Rule was installed in 2003 and ensures that a minority candidate interviews for every head coach and G.M. job in the NFL.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance advocates for minority hirings in the National Football League, and the Rooney Rule states teams must interview at least one minority candidate for head coach and general manager openings.

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"We believe the facts overwhelmingly point in the other direction", the alliance said in a statement obtained by the NFL Network. Oakland did not formally hire Gruden until January 6, though Davis said during Gruden's introductory press conference that they had significant discussions about the position around Christmas. Rumors were already circulating that the team was planning to bring Gruden back in to take over. However, it is quite obvious that those were just courtesy meetings created to satisfy the Rooney Rule, as Raiders owner Mark Davis admitted that he has been courting Gruden for six years and came to an agreement with him on Christmas Eve, which would have been before Jack Del Rio was even fired. It believes the Raiders were "interviewing Martin for second place" and pointed to Mark Davis's statement that he wouldn't have fired Del Rio if Gruden had not expressed interest as evidence that Gruden was always the target of the search.

The league determined Friday that Davis didn't come to an agreement with Gruden before interviewing Johnson and Martin, which means the Raiders won't face a hefty fine that likely would've been imposed had they violated the Rooney Rule. "The Rooney Rule was never meant to prompt consideration of a candidate of color in the event that a white candidate, who faced no competition, declined an offer". At present, only six teams have black head coaches.

Gruden, 54, had been out of coaching since being fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2008 season.

He was serving as an ESPN analyst until his hiring by the Raiders.