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NFL Puts Together Committee To Address Minority Hiring For Coach, GM Positions

NFL Chief Diversity Officer Robert Gulliver and Senior VP/Player Engagement Troy Vincent have put together a list of eight former coaches and GMs to "begin the process of improving" diversity hiring, according to Peter King of THE MMQB. The NFL Head Coach and GM Advisory Panel, which had its first meeting last Thursday in N.Y.,  includes former GMs Ernie Accorsi, Ron Wolf, Charlie Casserly and Bill Polian, former Chiefs president Carl Peterson and former coaches Tony Dungy, Dennis Green and John Madden. A league memo stated that the committee "hopes to have a plan to help the process by late November, and it won’t advance only the names of qualified African-American coaches." The call for the committee came after no minority candidates were hired for 15 head coaching and GM positions last offseason (MMQB.SI.com, 10/14). ESPN's Adam Schefter said the committee members are "some great minds to identify the best minority candidates for teams to interview and hire." The committee is "hoping this gains some traction” (“NFL Insiders,” ESPN, 10/14).
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