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Old 01-20-2007, 08:19 AM   #1
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Default Sarkisian turns down davis

In a strange twist that left the Oakland Raiders jilted by their first choice to succeed Art Shell, Southern California quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian on Friday evening rejected the team's offer to become its next head coach.


League sources who confirmed the move by Sarkisian gave no reason for his decision. The Raiders had offered a contract longer than the two-year deal Shell signed but further details were not available.

In a statement late Friday, the Raiders denied Sarkisian had been offered the job, and said he removed his name from consideration. The statement, in part, read: "The Oakland Raiders were not ready to offer the position and wanted to wait until after the weekend as the organization is still doing its due diligence."

In a separate statement, released by the university, Sarkisian said he wanted to stay at USC.

"I thank them for their interest in me," Sarkisian said. "While the job was never offered to me, at this time in my career, I've told them I want to stay at USC. I strongly believe that the Raiders' job is a great opportunity for whomever their next head coach is going to be."

The presumptive front-runner for the Oakland vacancy for much of this week, Sarkisian interviewed on Wednesday with team officials for the second time in two weeks. He then flew back to Los Angeles, but returned to the Bay Area on Thursday for another round of interviews.


In fact, the Raiders even interviewed Southern California offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who was Sarkisian's choice to be his No. 1 offensive assistant, on Thursday. That prompted speculation that the club was close to finalizing a deal with Sarkisian.

In their statement, the Raiders said that Kiffin had made "no commitment" to join the staff if Sarkisian landed the job.


Sarkisian, 32, served as the Oakland quarterbacks coach in 2004 and, while he has not been a coordinator or head coach, he fit the mold of the kind of coach owner Al Davis has traditionally sought. Davis typically looks for candidates whose expertise is on the offensive side of the ball, and who are young and innovative.


A former Brigham Young quarterback who played three seasons in the CFL (1997-99), Sarkisian has a limited coaching resume. Beyond his two stints at Southern California (2001-2003 and 2005), Sarkisian was on the staff at El Camino (Calf.) Junior College in 2000.


In a related matter, San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach and Hall of Fame member James Lofton, who met earlier this week with Oakland officials, withdrew his name from consideration for the job.


Beyond Sarkisian and Loton, the Raiders have interviewed current Oakland defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel. ESPN.com reported Tuesday that former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green rebuffed overtures from Oakland officials to arrange an interview.
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Old 01-20-2007, 08:20 AM   #2
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Can anybody blame the guy? lol.

At the same time, I would like to see the Raiders become prominent again and get this old school rivalry heated back up.

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Old 01-20-2007, 08:35 AM   #3
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Now thats a kick in the teeth - its bad enough when you get blown out by a college HC, but a quarterbacks coach?

Wow.

That organisation is dysfunctional from the very top, but I agree it would be good to have a strong Raider team back in the NFL.

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Old 01-20-2007, 08:38 AM   #4
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I guess I would want a coach thats at least old enough to buy beer. But seriously I think this is good for the raiders. The guy had very limited coaching experience.
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Unless Parcells quits and the Dallas HC job opens up, the Steelers can take their time hiring a HC since it appears coaches will not take the Raiders job unless there are no job openings at the local car wash or convenience store.
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Unless Parcells quits and the Dallas HC job opens up, the Steelers can take their time hiring a HC since it appears coaches will not take the Raiders job unless there are no job openings at the local car wash or convenience store.
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Old 01-20-2007, 08:45 AM   #7
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Unless Parcells quits and the Dallas HC job opens up, the Steelers can take their time hiring a HC since it appears coaches will not take the Raiders job unless there are no job openings at the local car wash or convenience store.
And if parcells does quit, Clayton reports that jerry jones is in love with Wade Phillips and would probably name him his new head coach
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[QUOTE=Livinginthe past;207845]Now thats a kick in the teeth - its bad enough when you get blown out by a college HC, but a [I]quarterbacks coach

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I on the other hand love the fact the Raiders are a mess...I have no pity for them...their fans are a bunch of dime store hoods....if they didn't win another game it would be fine w/ me
I dont think there is a great deal of merit in grouping a whole fanbase together, there are good, bad and ugly elements following every team.

Each to their own though.

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I dont think there is a great deal of merit in grouping a whole fanbase together, there are good, bad and ugly elements following every team.

Each to their own though.

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I have to agree with you. Silver and black is a great poster in here. And my best friend is a raider fan. I also belong to a raider forum, and not all the members there are bad. Hell we certainly have questionable steeler fans that belong to this board.
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