Thursday, January 23, 2003

Civil rights lawyers applaud Bengals' search


Brown did it right, Cochran, Mehri say

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

SAN DIEGO - The Bengals' head coaching interview process was hailed Wednesday as exemplary in meeting NFL minority hiring guidelines."We believe the Bengals have created a superb model for carrying out (a coaching search)," civil rights attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. said Wednesday.

Lewis, hired Jan.14, is one of three African-American coaches in the league and the eighth in NFL history.

The NFL's minority hiring plan, announced Dec.20 by a committee headed by Steelers president Dan Rooney, calls for teams to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a head coach.

The Bengals interviewed five candidates, two of whom are African-Americans.

Bengals president Mike Brown declined to comment Wednesday.

Cochran and fellow attorney Cyrus Mehri have worked with the NFL to improve opportunities for minority coaches.

Tagliabue created a league workplace diversity committee Oct.31 and appointed Rooney as chair.

While praising the Bengals, Cochran and Mehri criticized coaching searches conducted by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys.

They said Jacksonville owner Wayne Weaver violated the Rooney plan by interviewing just one candidate, Jack Del Rio, before hiring Del Rio last week.

They also said Dallas owner Jerry Jones violated the spirit of the plan by interviewing Bill Parcells - whom he hired Jan.2 - in person and interviewing former Vikings coach Dennis Green by phone.

"There will be no compromise on face-to-face interviews," Mehri said.

Mehri and Cochran were joined at the news conference by former NFL stars Warren Moon and Kellen Winslow, both of whom are African-American.

"We're not talking about quotas or affirmative action," said Winslow. "We're talking about equal opportunity."

The 49ers head-coaching job, vacant since the firing of Steve Mariucci on Jan. 15, is the only job open in the league.

"We hope San Francisco will follow the process like Cincinnati," Mehri said.

E-mail mcurnutte@enquirer.com




PETE ROSE
Sources: Rose admits he bet on baseball
Rose, baseball official met last month

BENGALS
Bengals' new coach gets super raves
Civil rights lawyers applaud Bengals' coaching search
Washington assistant candidate for Bengals

SUPER BOWL
DAUGHERTY: Early Bucs best at badness
Keyshawn compares self to Pete Rose
Super Bowl loss increases car crashes
Getting over the hump: Raiders, Bucs took different tacks
Al Davis may retire if Raiders win
Janikowski trying to put arrests, wild nights, behind him
Son's battle inspires Bucs receiver
Raiders wary of penalties
Practices closed to media

AUTO RACING
NASCAR gives Ky. hope for Winston Cup race

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UC 59, East Carolina 53
UC shuts down ECU star
Prosser, Gillen friendly foes again
Kentucky 67, Auburn 51
No. 9 Louisville 71, DePaul 43
N.C. State 80, No. 3 Duke 71
Colorado 60, No. 6 Kansas 59
No. 1 Arizona 71, Arizona St. 63
Texas coach earns 800th victory

AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Serena rallies into final against Venus
Roddick claims instant classic
Australian Open Results

NBA
Jordan passes Wilt into No. 3
NBA's little man beats Lakers
Clippers, Grizzlies end extra long losing streaks

HIGH SCHOOLS
Princeton football coach retiring
Ohio Games: CHCA deals Seven Hills first loss
Ky. Girls Games: Lloyd too much for Bellevue
Wednesday's high school results
Today's high school schedule
Ohio boys basketball polls
Wrestling honor rolls
Ohio wrestling polls

ETC.
Mighty Ducks 2, Cleveland 1
Marlins get Pudge for $10M
Sports on TV-Radio

Return to Bengals front page...