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Robert Littal

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Think of Tomlin


The premise of the Rooney Rule is to promote equality in minorities getting an opportunity to interview for head coach and management positions in the NFL.

All 32 majority owners in the NFL are white males, so as you can imagine the majority of the hiring is from people who look like them.

In recent years some have argued that teams circumvents the Rooney Rule by interviewing a minority candidate within the organization just to fulfill the requirement even though they have no intentions of hiring them.

The latest example of this would be the Washington Redskins who hired Bruce Allen as there new GM immediately after Vinny Cerrato resigned. Most believe this was done because Mike Shanahan had already agreed to be the coach next year *wink wink*. Does this make a mockery of the Rooney Rule?

Absolutely. Does this mean the Rooney Rule should be abolished? Absolutely not.

Rooney Rule or not, people are going to hire who they believe is the best person for the job. If they are making that decision based of race then shame or them, but a minority candidate should have the opportunity to at least interview.

If the Rooney Rule wasn't in place, I wonder if Mike Tomlin would be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers -- who are ironically owned by the Rooneys?

The Steelers had two in house candidates and seemed comfortable hiring either one of them. But Tomlin, given the opportunity, blew them away in his interview to the point the Rooneys believed he was the best man for the job.

A Super Bowl championship later they unwittingly proved why the rule they created is so important.

So while some teams may just go through the motions of complying with the Rooney Rule, it doesn't mean it should go away. You never know when the next Mike Tomlin will walk into that interview room.

By Robert Littal  |  December 18, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  | Category:  Philadelphia Eagles , Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Robert Litall. CEO of Black Sports Online which brings the truth in sports.

Now that is a mockery of the truth.

How can someone who claims of bringing the truth in sports goes on and accuse the Redskins of making a mockery of the Rooney rule without any support for this unwarranted attack? Has he not read the statement from the commissioner's office to the contrary? That is that the Redskins did follow the rule to the letter?

My friend it is time you live in the present, blacks do not deserve and do not have carte-blanche control of the world - no one does, the best qualified person according to the one who is paying should get the job, and if that is not the case then let paying one suffer its consequences. Blacks, or anyone for that matter, does not deserve or is entitled to anything. True freedom is defined as a man or woman to have the liberty to choose the way he/she lives and that includes their association with others.

Posted by: hock1 | December 18, 2009 7:35 PM

I wonder if Robert Littal intentionally tried to deceive the reader or if he is just so racially motivated that thr truth be damned!!!
Fact Mr. Littal: Ron Rivera was interviewed by the Steelers and satisfied the "Rooney Rule".
Fact Mr. Littal: Dan Rooney (last name sound familiar??) stated that Tomlin's hiring was not the result of the Rooney Rule.
Just state the facts and leave the rest to the reader!!! You obviously feel you need to blur the lines in order to make a point!! Sure signs of a weak argument!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 18, 2009 8:29 PM

The great travesty regarding the rule is that there's no way to be assured of the fact it's implemented fairly. If an owner has no intention of hiring a minority for a position vacancy, then the rule is just a minor speed bump that can very easily be circumvented.

The intent of the rule is a foreward thinking idea, but the results often leave much to be desired.

Posted by: MHEDRLT | December 20, 2009 9:10 AM

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