Vikings assistant coach spearheads three-day diversity summit

The Vikings this week are hosting 12 coaches in a "diversity summit spearheaded by assistant coach Mike Pettine," according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The coaches, 11 men of color and one woman chosen "mostly from the college ranks," arrived at TCO Performance Center on Wednesday for the "first of a three-day program in which they'll gain exposure to NFL life." They will "sit in on meetings between Vikings coaches, participate in mock interviews and receive feedback." Pettine, the 55-year-old white veteran coach, said that he was "motivated by the NFL's lack of diversity in coordinator and head coaching ranks," and is "targeting the issue from the ground floor." Pettine said, "The real basic premise of the program is really to feed the candidate pool for the NFL from the bottom up. I don't think there's enough emphasis placed on the entry-level jobs." Pettine and Vikings staffers "pinpointed lower-level college assistants" who could be "candidates for entry-level NFL jobs." He hopes the first-year program "grows in its relationships with league diversity efforts, like the Fritz Pollard Alliance" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/19).

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