Committee recommends NCAA’s board of governors review Russell Rule

December 17, 2020 By

An NCAA committee earlier this month voted to endorse a policy designed to increase opportunities for minority candidates seeking high-profile coaching and administrative jobs in college athletics.

The same committee met last month to discuss both the Russell Rule and the Rooney Rule, a similar policy in Oregon that has been a state law for all college head coach and athletic director hires since 2010. The committee took no action on either policy in November, saying the discussions would continue but noting in a statement to ESPN that it could not interfere with state hiring regulations.

Sam Sachs, founder of The No Hate Zone and an advocate for both the Russell Rule and Oregon’s Rooney Rule, criticized CPCDE’s inaction in November but applauded the recent developments.

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