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Why aren’t assistant coaches considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

This past week was Hall of Fame Week, or it should have been, when the 20 member centennial class was to have been inducted in Canton, Ohio. Instead, that ceremony is scheduled for next year (post-pandemic, one hopes), and it will feature both this year’s group and the next. It’s not clear how the ceremony will be conducted, but it won’t be the Hall’s only change in 2021. According to the Associated Press, over the next four HOF selection cycles, coaches will have their own category, not unlike contributors or seniors. A special panel will apparently review coaches and recommend them for to the selection committee without having to go through the typical preliminary process.