Archive: Diversity

NFL Gets B-Plus in Annual Diversity Study

The NFL received a grade of B-plus for diversity in the annual study conducted by the University of Central Florida. The league has six African-American head coaches this season, the same number as last season, after making strides to diversify its coaching ranks in recent years. There are five...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 02:14 PM ET | Comments (3)

For First Time Since Rooney Rule Enacted, No Minority Head Coach Hired

Unless there's a late head coaching switch somewhere in the league (Oakland?), this season's hiring cycle will mark the first time in six years since the Rooney Rule was enacted that no minority head coach was hired league-wide. The rule requires each NFL team with a head coaching vacancy...

 

By Mark Maske | February 11, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Had Record Number of Minority Assistant Coaches Last Season, Study Says

NFL teams had a record number of minority assistant coaches last season, according to an annual study of the league's diversity. The league's 165 minority assistant coaches last season represented a 4 percent increase over the 2005 season, according to Richard Lapchick, the head of the University of Central...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2007; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chairman of Diversity Group Says He's Satisfied with Hiring Cycle

The hiring cycle for NFL head coaches presumably is over at last. Seven new head coaches have been hired league-wide this offseason. Only one, the Pittsburgh Steelers' Mike Tomlin, is a minority. That makes three minority coaches hired among 17 head coaching vacancies in the league the past two...

 

By Mark Maske | February 21, 2007; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cowboys Probably Will Interview Caldwell As Well As Rivera

MIAMI--Two assistant coaches about to participate in today's Super Bowl likely will interview for the Dallas Cowboys' head coaching job within the next day or two. The Cowboys appear intent upon interviewing Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, a source familiar...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2007; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Diversity Group Seeking Minority Interviewing Rule in College Football

MIAMI--Cyrus Mehri, the Washington attorney who serves as counsel to the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said today he'd been contacted by NCAA President Myles Brand to discuss the possibility of a minority interviewing rule, like the one the NFL has for its coaches, being implemented in college football. The NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2007; 06:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Coaches Say Rooney Rule Is Working

MIAMI--Both of the Super Bowl head coaches were asked Monday if the time has come for the Rooney Rule to be rescinded because the NFL perhaps has achieved a level of equality in hiring. Both of them said they're pleased with the progress that has been made since the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2007; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Even With Tomlin Move, Still Not a Great Hiring Cycle for Diversity

The Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy and the Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith have become the first two African-American head coaches to lead their teams to the Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers hired a black head coach this week, Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. But overall, it still hasn't been...

 

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (14)

Friends Dungy, L. Smith Making History Together

INDIANAPOLIS--One of the leading Super Bowl storylines will be the Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy and the Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith being the first two black head coaches to lead their teams to the game. Dungy touched on the issue late Sunday but said he wanted to wait until today...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (12)

NFL Gets B+ In Racial Diversity Report

The NFL received a grade of B+ in an annual report on racial diversity in sports. Richard Lapchick, who authors the annual study for the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, raised the NFL's grade from the B that it received last year. The...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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