NFL notebook: League will probe whether Raiders violated Rooney Rule

NFL notebook: League will probe whether Raiders violated Rooney Rule

Of course, the rule works only if the NFL enforces it, which is why the Fritz Pollard Alliance and others are so adamant that the league look into whether the Raiders took it seriously in this case. Gannon said he realized on the flight to Oakland for the coach's introductory news conference Tuesday that he couldn't make the time commitment needed to be on Gruden's staff.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was sacked a week later and Gruden was appointed on January 6, appearing to make it unlikely that any other candidate was interviewed.

Both the league and the Fritz Pollard Alliance previously declared the Raiders to be in compliance with the rule based on their interviews of Bobby Johnson, their tight ends coach, and Tee Martin, the offensive coordinator at Southern California.

The NFL on Thursday said it will review the process that led to the Oakland Raiders' hiring of Jon Gruden as head coach.

Alabama defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley will leave Alabama to become the defensive backs coach for the Oakland Raiders, according to reports.

"But if in December, Gruden and Davis reach an agreement - not necessarily a written, contractual agreement, but a verbal agreement - that Gruden was going to coach for the Raiders, and then after that they do these interviews with minority coaches, that would be a violation of the Rooney Rule".

Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten sang a different tune last week when talking to ESPN. In requiring that teams interview non-white coaches, the rule not only has a direct result on the coaching ranks but also gives minority coaches a boost in profile and puts them on the teams' radars for future hires. Shell returned for a second stint with the team in 2006.

Singleton served two years in the role with the Colts and coached RB Frank Gore to become the team's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2007 this past season (Joseph Addai). The game will be played October 14. Gannon played for the Raiders from 1999-2004.

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