PITTSBUGH — The Rooney Rule is directly connected to the Steelers' organization. Named after the late Dan Rooney, its fundamental principle is to give minority candidates for coaching and executive positions an even playing field.
In theory, the rule is tremendous, but what has happened across the league is owners simply are checking boxes to comply with the rule. They are interviewing the necessary number -- one person -- of candidates for an open position, but are they actually giving them a legitimate shot at the job?
This was a main talking point at the league owners meeting this winter, and there were several potential outcomes for adaptations of the rule. One of those changes which could take place would be providing incentive to those organizations who hire minority candidates in some capacity.
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