Lovie Smith hired by Tampa Bay Buccaneers as coach

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted no time finding the man to run their team. Lovie Smith will be the new coach in Tampa, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The team officially announced Smith’s five-year contract Thursday. Smith, the former Chicago Bears coach, was the leading candidate from the start…

Redskins to interview Caldwell

The Washington Redskins will interview former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell next week, according to John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation. It’s uncertain what day he will interview. At this point, he’s the third name that has surfaced in the Redskins’ quest to replace fired Mike Shanahan. They’ve spoken to Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell…

Time to put an end to the “N” word on NFL playing fields

Organization to players: To use the word so loosely “is a disgrace” Washington, DC—Today, the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting diversity and equality of job opportunity in the National Football League (NFL), called on NFL players to stop using the “N” word, especially after recent incidents in Washington and Miami. The Fritz…

FPA Statement Supporting Jerome Boger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fritz Pollard Alliance Applauds NFL for Historic Super Bowl Referee Pick Jerome Boger WASHINGTON, DC (January 30, 2013) – Just days after the Fritz Pollard Alliance (FPA) delivered a letter to senior officials at the National Football League (NFL) calling for the expansion of the Rooney Rule, vicious rumors have surfaced attacking…

Rooney Rule lawyer flies in to back black boss campaign

Cyrus Mehri, the architect of America’s Rooney Rule which forced NFL franchises to interview black candidates for management jobs, is flying to Britain this week to campaign for its introduction in England. Mehri, who has been invited over by the Professional Footballers’ Association, plans to meet powerbrokers in the English game. Standing alone: Norwich’s Chris…

Letter to NFL re Rooney Rule Expansion

 January 19, 2013 Robert Gulliver Executive Vice-President of Human Resources National Football League 345 Park Avenue New York, NY 10017 Jeff Pash Executive Vice-President and General Counsel National Football League 345 Park Avenue New York, NY  10017 Dear Robert and Jeff, As the Fritz Pollard Alliance enters its tenth year, we have been reflecting on…