The former Super Bowl-winning coach appeared to emerge as the Oakland's choice nearly as soon as the team fired Jack Del Rio on December 31, as seemingly affirmed by owner Mark Davis' comment Tuesday that Gruden said he was "all-in" at a Christmas-Eve meeting.
"We are deeply concerned by reports that the Oakland Raiders' owner, Mark Davis, came to an agreement with Jon Gruden about him becoming the Raiders' next head coach before interviewing any candidates of color", the organisation said in a statement. "But if there is a closed process and those minority candidates were going through the motions and had no idea there was already an agreement, that is not fair to them and it is not fair to the next guy coming up through the ranks".
The Fritz Pollard Alliance is asking whether Raiders owner Mark Davis reached an agreement with Gruden before the team interviewed any minority candidates.
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Coaches will then choose the reserves and the two top vote-getters from each conference get to pick their teammates from the pool. The full team rosters will be revealed a week later, January 25 in a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-Off at 6 p.m.
Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman John Wooten sang a different tune last week when talking to ESPN. It should be noted the National Football League has required teams to interview minority candidates since 2003.
With Jon Gruden taking the reins of the Oakland Raiders (and being paid handsomely for it), focus began to shift to the staff that the long-time ESPN analyst would put together. Shell returned for a second stint with the team in 2006. The Chicago Bears hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy earlier this week, with no decision coming anywhere near as quickly as the one the Raiders made to hire Gruden. After the controversial Tuck Rule game, the coach was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
0 - The number of losing seasons the Raiders had with Gruden as head coach.
As far as the Raiders go, Gruden's contract is expected to be for ten years and be worth up to $100 million, at least according to ESPN. As the season came to an end however, the Raiders faltered, ending their season with a 6-10 record and missing the playoffs.