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Big D
12-13-2007, 05:03 AM
KIFFIN "PISSED" HE DIDN'T GET ARKANSAS JOB

An industry source tells us that Raiders coach Lane Kiffin was "pissed" that he didn't get hired as the next head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The job instead went to former Falcons coach Bobby Petrino.

Here's our question. Since when did Arkansas become such a plum job?

Regardless, and as we hear it, Kiffin wanted it. He manifested his displeasure by, as we're told, slamming doors and cursing.

It's bizarre. The guy is the head coach of an NFL team. He has done well in his first year. Why in the heck does he want to give up what could be a promising career at the highest level of the sport?

So if Kiffin wanted Arkansas, then we assume that he'd be interested in other available college jobs. And that, as a result, he's possibly not long for the Raiders.

As to the Raiders' position on all of this, we're told that the belief is that owner Al Davis would be happy to let Kiffin go.

"It's the same deal there as it was in Atlanta," the source said. "No one is real happy."

LambertIsGod58
12-13-2007, 07:11 AM
It appears that maybe the NFL isn't what it's cracked up to be...coaching wise.

Atlanta Dan
12-13-2007, 07:19 AM
It appears that maybe the NFL isn't what it's cracked up to be...coaching wise.

IMO these college coaches cannot handle dealing with coaching adults - I have kidded about Tomlin's recurring use of "men" when talking about the players, but after hearing the Falcon players erupt in the last 24 hours about life under Petrino, Tomlin's approach must be the one that works.

One small example - in preseason Petrino put out the word he wanted silence on the flights for away games. That approach may work with 19 year olds from whom you can yank their scholarships, but it is nonsense in terms of coaching wealthy men as opposed to coaching boys.

Counselor
12-13-2007, 08:41 AM
IMO these college coaches cannot handle dealing with coaching adults - I have kidded about Tomlin's recurring use of "men" when talking about the players, but after hearing the Falcon players erupt in the last 24 hours about life under Petrino, Tomlin's approach must be the one that works.

One small example - in preseason Petrino put out the word he wanted silence on the flights for away games. That approach may work with 19 year olds from whom you can yank their scholarships, but it is nonsense in terms of coaching wealthy men as opposed to coaching boys.

Good Point. I also think there is less job security in the NFL, more pressure to win, a longer season, more criticism from media/fans, and no boosters/alum blowing smoke up your butt all year about how great you are for a 7-4 season where 4 of the wins came against community college of arkansas.

College coaches can't (and don't want) to put in the work necessary to be truly great in the NFL when they can be the star of their own little fiefdom.

Anyone see the replay of the press conference, with that goofy Razorback chant/cheer? How weird!

Mosca
12-13-2007, 08:46 AM
College coaches can't (and don't want) to put in the work necessary to be truly great in the NFL when they can be the star of their own little fiefdom.

I think it's more that although both games are called football, the skill sets that go into being a successful coach is different for college and pro. Just as it is rare for a college coach to have success in the pros, it is equally rare for a pro coach to be successful in college (Weis, Wannstedt).

revefsreleets
12-13-2007, 08:57 AM
Hmmmmmm. The coach of the Raiders wanted to coach at Arkansas. Says a little something about the status of that job out in Oakland. How many dozens of coaches turned down Davis' offer before Kiffin finally accepted?

Counselor
12-13-2007, 09:08 AM
I think it's more that although both games are called football, the skill sets that go into being a successful coach is different for college and pro. Just as it is rare for a college coach to have success in the pros, it is equally rare for a pro coach to be successful in college (Weis, Wannstedt).

College coaches have to be better recruiters. . . so they have to be "salesman" or their programs. That is one skill most NFL head coaches don't need much of.

warddj86
12-13-2007, 10:55 AM
its simple, lane kiffin was waiting until the end of the season to see if it was open then, but he is pissed at bobby petrino for being classless and leaving in the middle of the season.

RoethlisBURGHer
12-13-2007, 11:02 AM
I don't think I could really blame Kiffin if he wants out of Oakland.

He's working for the Cryptkeeper, errr, Al Davis. Al Davis is a big reason of why the Raiders have fallen so hard.

I think Kiffin could turn the Raiders around. However, the job security in Oakland is horrible. He could be fired after this season, especially since this report has surfaced.

Big D
12-13-2007, 02:57 PM
I have been thinking the past couple days that maybe kiffin could be a canidate at michigan. There are 3 jobs in the nfl I would never want. Cowboys,raiders and redskins. All have control freak owners. I wouldn't blame kiffin one bit if he fled for a college job

TackleMeBen
12-13-2007, 03:09 PM
kiffins name hasnt came up for the michigan job. they want miles from lsu..now whether they get him is another story.

Atlanta Dan
12-13-2007, 04:01 PM
kiffins name hasnt came up for the michigan job. they want miles from lsu..now whether they get him is another story.

If Miles goes to Michigan after saying he is staying at LSU he definitely has moved into the Saban/Petrino neighborhood.

As the saying goes, how can yiou tell a college football coach is lying?
His lips move.

TackleMeBen
12-13-2007, 04:52 PM
that is true dan... i love that about the college coach.. that is good.

Rhee Rhee
12-13-2007, 06:02 PM
why demote urself to as school thats possibly losing its best players this year... Darren mcfadden.. felix and marcus monk