Raiders Hire L. Kiffin as Coach
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis couldn't get one of USC's co-offensive coordinators as his head coach. So he got the other.
Davis hired Lane Kiffin as the Raiders' coach Monday night. Kiffin, the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, becomes the NFL's youngest head coach, at 31.
He ran the offense at USC with Steve Sarkisian, the school's quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator. Sarkisian, who's 32, withdrew from consideration for the Raiders' job last week after having a second interview.
Kiffin interviewed last week and it was thought then that the Raiders were talking to him about accompanying Sarkisian to the Bay Area to serve as the club's offensive coordinator. But the Raiders brought him back for another interview Sunday and then hired him.
Kiffin has one season of NFL coaching experience. He was a defensive quality control assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000.
The Raiders also interviewed former San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton, former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and their own defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan. It's thought that they'd like to retain Ryan to run their defense but it's unclear if Ryan will stay after being passed over for the head coaching job.
By Mark Maske |
January 23, 2007; 9:48 AM ET
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