Symposium to look at Rooney Rule

The NFL had job vacancies for eight coaches and seven general managers in the offseason and despite its signature program for hiring diversity candidates, not a single one ended up in those positions.

The league’s Rooney Rule, designed specifically to enhance employment opportunities for minorities, somehow didn’t make a difference.

And so, hoping to avoid similar scenarios, the league will hold a three-day career development symposium next week in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Attendees include Commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese, who conceded it was “a bit unusual that no monitory candidates were hired this cycle, given the number of openings.”

“The Rooney Rule brings great awareness of minority candidates in the hiring process,” said Reese, one of five black GMs in the league, along with Rick Smith of Houston, Ozzie Newsome of Baltimore, Reggie McKenzie of Oakland and Martin Mayhew of Detroit.

“But the rule is not meant to make clubs hire anyone. I’m hopeful more minority candidates will be seriously interviewed and considered in the future. It’s about being prepared when the opportunity arises, and this symposium is part of the process of preparation.”

KC sends Arenas to Cards for Sherman

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs thinned out a crowded defensive backfield by trading Javier Arenas to Arizona on Wednesday for fullback Anthony Sherman, who didn’t appear to fit with new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians’ offense.

An undersized cornerback better suited to nickel and dime packages, Arenas moved into the Chiefs’ starting lineup part of last season when they decided to cut starter Stanford Routt.

Arenas finished the season with 59 tackles and one forced fumble. He made 12 starts in 47 games over three seasons with Kansas City. The former second-round draft pick had two interceptions while also returning punts and kickoffs.

Sherman was used primarily as a blocking back under former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. He caught 13 passes for 111 yards and carried just once for 3 yards in two seasons.

Texas A&M to expand Kyle Field

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M’s Kyle Field will become the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference after university regents approved a $450 million redevelopment plan.

The stadium’s capacity will increase from 82,589 to 102,500 in the expansion, making it just larger than Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium’s 102,455.

The renovation will began after the 2013 football season and should be finished for the 2015 season. The team will play in the stadium during the project, which calls for various improvements, suites and premium seating in a facility that opened in 1927.

Compiled from the AP