NFL to immediately expand Rooney Rule to encourage minority coaching hires

Changes are coming to the NFL's Rooney Rule.
Changes are coming to the NFL's Rooney Rule.David Eulitt/Getty

The National Football League is set to make changes to the Rooney Rule, according to the NFL Network.

The new regulation will require clubs to interview at least two external minority candidates for head coach openings and one minority candidate for any coordinator job, per the report.

In addition, teams will be required to interview one external minority candidate for senior football operations and general manager openings. Clubs and the league office must interview minority and/or female applicants for senior-level positions, including the role of club president.

Established in 2003, the Rooney Rule previously dictated that every team had to interview at least one minority candidate for a vacancy at head coach or GM before making a hire.


All those decisions will reportedly be effective once the NFL’s virtual league meetings wrap up Tuesday.

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