The Miami Dolphins might be one step closer to hiring Jim Harbaugh. As reported Wednesday, Fins owner Stephen Ross is thought to be trying to lure the Stanford coach to South Beach with a large paycheck. One hurdle standing in the way of hiring any head coach is the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate. But according to Pro Football Talk, it’s likely that Miami already has held that interview.
The Rooney Rule has been controversial since its inception in 2003. It’s helped raise the proportion of minority coaches in the NFL, but it has also wasted a lot of time and effort for some coaches who have attended interviews for jobs they never had a serious chance of getting. Recently, talk about the merits of the rule has heated up with the Dallas Cowboys interviewing minority candidates to satisfy league requirements.
If the Dolphins have already conducted such interviews, it should cause more of a stir, because Miami still has not fired head coach Tony Sparano. That decision could depend on whether or not the Fish land Harbaugh. This puts everyone involved in an awkward situation.
Here’s PFT’s Mike Florio on the Harbaugh situation: