NFL expands Rooney Rule: Teams must interview two minority candidates


As a follow up to last week’s report about the NFL incentivizing teams with draft picks to hire minority head coaches and general managers, the league is also expanding the Rooney Rule.

The rule was established in 2003, requiring NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for any head coaching vacancy.

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According to the NFL Network, teams must now interview at least two minority candidates for head coaching jobs and at least one for offensive and defensive coordinator positions.

The league is currently at a 17 year low with just four African-American head coaches and two general managers.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at


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