Rooney Rule Forbids 49ers From Hiring Singletary
If the 49ers wanted to remove the interim title from Coach Singletary they will have to wait until after the season to offer him a contract. The 49ers are forbid to sign Singletary anytime sooner. Why might you ask, well it is because of the Rooney Rule.
The rule states that a “club may name an interim from its staff without going through a formal interviewing process. However, the club must follow the mandatory interviewing process in choosing a new permanent head coach. No club may make a commitment to a coach retained during the season that extends beyond the end of the club’s playing season. Any contract that seeks to make such a commitment will not be approved.”
So the 49ers have to wait until after the season to hire Singletary, a minority, because the Rooney Rule requires them to interview a minority candidate before hiring a head coach. Yes even if that interim head coach is a minority.