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When it comes to diversity in the NFL, nepotism trumps the 'Rooney Rule'
When it comes to diversity in the NFL, nepotism trumps the 'Rooney Rule'

This NFL offseason represents the 10-year anniversary of the inception of the "Rooney Rule." The rule, named after Pittsburgh Steelers' Chairman Dan Rooney, requires teams to interview minority candidates for all head coaching and senior football operation positions. Initially, the rule showed some signs of success, but the coaching moves from this offseason have even Dan Rooney's son, Steelers' President Art Rooney II, wondering "whether we are really reviewing minority coaches in a satisfactory manner." The younger Mr. Rooney's comments come after a hiring period in which eight coaching vacancies, precisely one quarter of the league, were filled by...

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