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Report: NFL to Meet on Minority Hires

October 17, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ NFL officials will meet next week with a group seeking further head coaching opportunities for blacks and increased minority hiring, The New York Times reported Thursday.

The newspaper said Cyrus Mehri, a lawyer representing the group, will meet with NFL executives Harold Henderson and Jeff Pash on Tuesday at the league’s offices.

Henderson is the NFL’s executive vice president for labor relations and chairman of the management council, and Pash is the executive vice president and chief administrative officer-cousel.

``We look forward to the meeting and trying to explore areas of common ground,″ Mehri told the newspaper. ``We want to get to the substance of our proposals and see what the next steps are to get this on the owners’ agenda the following week.″

The owners are scheduled to hold their fall meeting in New York on Oct. 30 and 31.

``Ideally, we would like to make a presentation to the owners,″ Mehri said.

The Times said NFL spokesman Joe Browne would not comment on the meeting.

There are currently two black head coaches in NFL _ Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts and Herman Edwards of the New York Jets.

Since Art Shell became the first black head coach of the modern era with the Raiders in 1989, there have been five: Dungy, Edwards, Shell, Dennis Green and Ray Rhodes. Terry Robiskie was an interim coach with Washington for three games in 2000.

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