Jason Garrett is expected to be named the Cowboys' next head coach, possibly sometime this week, but the Cowboys are denying an NFL Network report that the interviewing process is complete.
The Cowboys can't name Garrett until they interview a minority candidate, and receivers coach Ray Sherman, who is a minority, denied Sunday that he has interviewed with Jerry Jones. John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said Sunday that the Cowboys have not complied with the Rooney Rule yet. Wooten said he would be "disappointed" if the Cowboys had interviewed Sherman on Saturday night, which is what Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network reported. Wooten said that would qualify as a "sham" interview, considering it was the night before a game and not a formal interview.
Jones said last week that he would interview Sherman and another minority coach before he names a head coach. He interviewed 10 candidates in 2007 before hiring Wade Phillips, but Jones said he has far fewer candidates this time.
Still, Garrett is expected to have his interim title removed, as the Star-Telegram reported in Sunday's edition, and sooner rather than later. Garrett, who replaced Phillips on Nov. 8, will have to negotiate a new contract. he has one year remaining on his assistant coach contract, through 2011, that pays him more than $3 million per season as the Cowboys' offensive coordinator.
The players have responded to Garrett since he took over, with a 4-3 record heading into Sunday's regular-season finale. Garrett long has been a favorite of Jones', dating to Garrett's days as Troy Aikman's backup in the 1990s.
The hiring of Garrett also would allow Jones to continue business as usual as the general manager.
-- Clarence E. Hill Jr. and Charean Williams