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Black former NFL coaches say league must revisit minority hiring procedures 02.01.13 at 11:15 am ET
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Black former NFL coaches are saying the league needs to revisit its minority hiring procedures after 15 top vacancies — eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager jobs — have been filled by white candidates this offseason.

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy, former Jets and Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, and current Ravens assistant coach Jim Caldwell have said recently that the 2003 Rooney Rule — under which each NFL team has to interview at least one minority candidate for a coaching or general manager opening, according to the vision of Steelers chairman Dan Rooney — isn’t working the way it should.

“When you use the Rooney Rule and not correctly, you put a little bit of a bad mark on Mr. Rooney’s name, and that is not good,” Edwards, now an ESPN analyst, said Wednesday. “If it keeps going this way, we might need to take his name off the rule. It is not being used in the right manner that Mr. Rooney meant it to be.”

Before the rule went into effect in 2003, the NFL had had six minority coaches in more than 80 years. In the years since then, 12 have been hired. But when two black coaches and one black GM — Romeo Crennel of the Chiefs, Lovie Smith of the Bears and Rod Graves of the Cardinals, respectively — were fired after this offseason, all were replaced by white candidates.

“That’s one of the reasons that the Rooney Rule was put in place, because you’re trying to avoid those situations, if possible,” Caldwell said. “We’re at that stage where guys like Lovie Smith, who didn’t get an opportunity, who had won and been very successful previously … obviously, there’s some concern there, and that’s why I think the rule is going to be revisited.”

There are now four minority coaches in the NFL: the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, the Vikings’ Leslie Frazier, the Bengals’ Marvin Lewis and the Panthers’ Ron Rivera.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jaguars reportedly interested in trading for Tim Tebow 10.31.12 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Kings at Bulls, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA: Spurs at Hornets, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA: Lakers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS playoffs: Fire at Dynamo, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘™¦ According to a report from a Jacksonville television station, the Jaguars are trying to engineer a trade with the Jets for Tim Tebow before Thursday’s NFL trading deadline.

CBS 47 Action News credits a source as indicating the team’s interest. Jaguars owner Shad Khan previously has expressed an interest in Tebow, who starred at the University of Florida before being drafted by the Broncos. Tebow, voted most overrated in a Sports Illustrated poll of NFL players, was traded from Denver to New York last offseason and has seen limited action behind Jets starter Mark Sanchez.

The report has not garnered much backing, with national reporters including NFL Network’s Albert Breer indicating there have been no talks between the teams.

‘™¦ A group of men in South Florida, including some youth football coaches with extensive criminal histories, were arrested this week for their role in an alleged massive gambling operation that included bets on kids’ games.

The 18-month investigation started after an ESPN report showed money openly being exchanged at games. Reportedly, more than $100,000 was wagered on a youth football championship game.

“It’s about kids being exploited unfortunately by greedy parents and greedy grown-ups and coaches who were basically nothing more than criminals,” Deerfield Beach Sheriff Al Lamberti said.

‘™¦ One of the legendary NFL press conferences took place 10 years ago Tuesday, when then-Jets coach Herm Edwards gave his “You play to win the game” speech following a loss to the Browns. Edwards, now an ESPN analyst, talked to the New York Post about the quote.

“I think some people look at it and it’s kind of funny now, because it’s 10 years later,” Edwards said. “But I was protecting the game of football, the integrity of the game, the preparation and the things you have to do. When you commit to something, there’s no tapping out.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 31, 2004, the Patriots’ 18-game regular-season winning streak was ended with a 34-20 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Pats lost only one other game that season, going 14-2 and winning their third Super Bowl. Which other team beat them?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He was terrific. He made shots. He went right all game and we let him. … First play Ray was on the floor, we leave him by himself. You would think we would know better.” — Celtics coach Doc Rivers, on Ray Allen‘s first game with the Heat

STAT OF THE DAY: 25 — Consecutive games with double-figure assists for Rajon Rondo, making him just the third player in NBA history (Magic Johnson, John Stockton) to accomplish that feat

‘NET RESULTS: Batting Stance Guy pays tribute to the World Series champion Giants by imitating the entire lineup.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Dolphins, 29-28, on Dec. 20 in Miami

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tom Paxton turns 74 Monday.

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