The league's announcement came a day after the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the diversity group that works closely with the NFL on its minority hiring, called for the Raiders to be investigated for a possible violation of the Rooney Rule. Gannon, who played with Minnesota from 1987-92 and later was with Gruden during his first Raiders coaching stint, will remain an analyst for CBS Sports.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance (FPA) initially was okay with the Raiders' hiring of Gruden, but did request to the National Football League to do some further investigation on the process.
"I have always felt a team can have a front-runner and minority candidates can compete against a front-runner, and sometimes they get selected", Mehri said, noting that Super Bowl-winning coaches Mike Tomlin and Tony Dungy were not front-runners before getting hired.
On the field, Gruden will take over for Jack Del Rio after the latter was sacked following a 6-10 season.
".That's the term that we were using in our discussions and everything, are you all-in? And this time he didn't waver, either".
ESPN.com noted Raiders owner Mark Davis said he wanted Gruden as the head coach since he took over the team from his late father, Al Davis, six years ago. Davis also said he wouldn't have fired Del Rio if he didn't believe Gruden would sign on as coach. The Raiders interviews with tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin came well after that Christmas Eve meeting.
The Raiders haven't commented on the request from the Fritz Pollard Alliance.