HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 29: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones attends a PlayStation 2 Pre- Super Bowl party at The Whiskey in the Hotel Icon January 29, 2004 in Houston, Texas.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones was fairly noncommittal when discussing his team’s head coaching vacancy on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, saying that, though he had said previously that a decision on the next head coach of the Cowboys would come quickly, he hadn’t set any sort of deadline.
Jones told NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs that, among the reasons for this, was his own reverence for the so-called “Rooney Rule,” which stipulates that any team with a head coaching vacancy must interview at least one minority candidate. This rule was satisfied on Tuesday with the interview of wide receivers coach Ray Sherman.
Though it seems certain that Jason Garrett will be hired as head coach, Jones said that the process of hiring a head coach is just that--a process. And though no decision has been made, Jones said that he wasn’t perturbed by the assumption that Garrett will have the interim tag removed from his title this offseason.
"It didn't irk me at all,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “It was just not the case and I wanted to make real clear about that. And there was technical reasons for making it real clear because I want to, I don't want to sound like I have a gun to my head, I really want to adhere to what we call the Rooney Rule in the NFL and do the things as all we've agreed to do regarding minority hiring.
“I wanted to get that done right. And obviously you haven't done it right if you've already made a hire, yet haven't done your interview."
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