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Gruden returns as Raiders' head coach

Gruden returns as Raiders' head coach

The Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group promoting minority hirings in the National Football League, called Wednesday for the National Football League to investigate the Raiders after owner Mark Davis' comments Tuesday led the group to believe Davis may have violated the rule in hiring Jon Gruden as head coach.

This announcement of the investigation comes less than 24 hours after The Fritz Pollard Alliance, an advocacy group, asked the league to investigate the matter on the Raiders hiring process.

Davis fired Del Rio a week later, and the team officially hired Gruden on January 6.

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




Davis said Tuesday at the news conference he spoke with Gruden on December 24, before the game between the Raiders and Eagles on ESPN. Gannon, who played with Minnesota from 1987-92 and later was with Gruden during his first Raiders coaching stint, will remain an analyst for CBS Sports. Johnson or Martin wasn't going to beat out Gruden. 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. He's obviously qualified. Once the Raiders found out that he was available, especially considering they'd pay him $100 million over 10 years, there was no other reasonable conclusion. And you also can't play games with the aspirations of two brothers simply because you want to give the APPEARANCE of compliance on the Rooney rule. The Detroit Lions got fined $200,000 when it didn't interview a minority before hiring Steve Mariucci as coach in 2003.

The Raiders were stuck, to a degree.

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis was relentless in his pursuit of Jon Gruden - perhaps too relentless. 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.


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