Raiders Didn't Violate Rooney Rule Amid Jon Gruden Rumors, NFL Spokesman Says

Raiders Didn't Violate Rooney Rule Amid Jon Gruden Rumors, NFL Spokesman Says

It seems to be all but a foregone conclusion that Jon Gruden will return to the Oakland Raiders as head coach, replacing the recently fired Jack Del Rio.

Steve Corkran of RaidersSnakePit.com first reported the news.

Gruden coached the Raiders between the 1998 and 2001 seasons.

Yes, that infamous Tuck Game, in which the Patriots defeated the Raiders 16-13.

Gruden guided the Buccaneers to the 2003 Super Bowl title, defeating Oakland 48-21 in the championship contest.

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Gruden, now a Monday Night Football analyst, coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001, winning AFC West titles in his last two seasons. However, prior to that he coached in Oakland for 4 seasons. Gruden accumulated a 38-26 overall record as the Raiders coach and was 2-2 in playoff games during his four seasons.

Gruden told ESPN earlier this week that he had a good talk with Raiders owner Mark Davis about returning to the organization and believed there was a "good chance" it would happen.

Many speculated that the Raiders broke the Rooney Rule, which is a league policy that requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for coaching and senior football operation positions.

Raiders owner Mark Davis is also expected to sign four-year deals with top assistants, according to the reports, that will keep them in place as the club prepares for a move to Las Vegas after the 2018 season. Shell went 2-14 that season and was sacked after one year.

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