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National Football League looking into Raiders hiring process for head coach

National Football League looking into Raiders hiring process for head coach

The Raiders hired two African-Americans to their staff on Thursday in defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley (former Alabama Crimson Tide defensive backs coach) and running backs coach Jemal Singleton (former Indianapolis Colts running backs coach).

The NFL is looking into whether the Oakland Raiders violated the Rooney Rule during their hiring of Jon Gruden as head coach, a league spokesman confirmed to NFL Network's Steve Wyche.

Gruden's hire provoked some suspicion nearly immediately upon being reported last week.

But apparently the group has back peddled from that stance after new reports suggest that Gruden and the Raiders may have had an agreement in place dating back to Christmas Eve (even before coach Jack Del Rio was fired).

Although it was later revealed they interviewed two minority candidates - in-house TEs coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin - the Raiders appear to have settled on Gruden first then complied with the Rooney Rule later.

Of the 28 teams that now have a head coach, only seven are minorities, as classified by the Rooney Rule.

The Rooney Rule requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate as part of an open process.

Gruden signed a 10-year contract worth as much as $100 million to replace Jack Del Rio, who was sacked on the day of the Raiders' season finale. "But if there is a closed process and those minority candidates were going through the motions and had no idea there was already an agreement, that is not fair to them and it is not fair to the next guy coming up through the ranks". The game will be played October 14.

Gruden did note that he has to finish hiring a coaching staff before a plan can be fully implemented.

The NFL has yet to address the FPA's statement, but Raiders could be in hot water here.

Gruden was traded to Tampa Bay in 2003 and proceeded to guide the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in his first season.

Singleton began his coaching career in the National Football League with the Colts in 2016 when he was hired as the running backs coach. Gruden received a massive financial commitment from the Raiders, receiving a 10-year, $100 million deal.

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