NFL investigating Raiders over Rooney Rule

The NFL is investigating whether the Oakland Raiders violated the Rooney Rule in the process that led to the hiring of Jon Gruden as head coach, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The rule requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate during the hiring process.
Gruden, who previously coached the Raiders in 1998-2001, was identified almost immediately as the favorite for the job after the Raiders fired Jack Del Rio after a disappointing 6-10 season.

Reports of Gruden landing the job with a contract of nearly $100 million over 10 seasons broke late last week and he was hired Saturday before being officially introduced on Tuesday.

Despite the fast-moving process, Raiders general manager said Tuesday that he had interviewed two minority candidates in Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin before hiring Gruden, according to ESPN.

Word of the NFL’s investigation of the Raiders’ hiring process came after the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization dedicated to encouraging diversity in NFL coaching, front-office and scouting staffs, called on the NFL on Wednesday to investigate.