The sports world is on hiatus, at least from in-person meetings/practices, and with the downtime some leagues are utilizing the time to help their coaches to develop in several ways. For the NBA, they are holding a virtual development session for their coaches on equality.
The speaker? Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
This from Shams Charania, NBA writer for The Athletic:
Sources: Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will speak at a virtual development session in front of NBA coaches on May 27 for an equality initiative.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 20, 2020
Tomlin being chosen to speak on equality makes sense, as one of the few minority head coaches in the NFL, but is also fitting considering the recnet news on the adjustments, and potential changes coming, on the NFL’s Rooney Rule.
Here is a run-down of the new rules put in place for the Rooney Rule moving forward in the NFL:
3 enhancements to Rooney Rule passed: 2 minority interviews for a head coach job; 1 minority interview for a Sr. Football/GM job; 1 minority interview for a coordinator job; 1 minority or female interview for a Sr. level job at league or club level. More coming on #Steelers.com— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) May 19, 2020
If there is one thing Steelers, and NFL, fans know about Mike Tomlin, it is he knows how to captivate a crowd. Whether it be commencement speeches, pre-game talks or even his weekly press conferences, Tomlin has a way with words. His slogans and ‘isms’ used are now things of legend among the black-and-gold following.
The NBA bringing in someone like Tomlin, with his experience at the highest level of his sport, will be well worth their time, and certainly an opportunity the Steelers coach will not take for granted.
For the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC as the 2020 regular season approaches.