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NFL Rooney Rule Ridiculous?

By Carrie Daklin On May - 22 - 2009

In 2003, The Rooney Rule was instituted by the NFL in response to a report commissioned by the late Johnny Cochran (famed O.J. attorney) and Cyrus Mehri.

The report, published in 2002, lambasted the dearth of black head coaches in the NFL.

One of the more ridiculous statements that it made was "...that black coaches averaged 1.1 more wins per season than white coaches and led their teams to the playoffs 67 percent of the time, compared with 39 percent of the time for White coaches".

Do they dance better, too?

How absurd, to suggest that simply because a coach is black, he has a better chance of taking his team to the playoffs. Cochran and Mehri were able to make their statement appear credible simply because there were only two black coaches, as opposed to 30 white coaches.

And an average between two individuals is going to give a higher average than an average among 30. It is a simple case of basic math.

Cochrans's report was spurious, of course. And his obfuscation is typical of a self-serving trial lawyer: The tr...

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