Raiders Coach Tells Al Davis He Won't Quit

Asked to resign, Kiffin holds out for the $2M he gets if he's fired
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Jan 26, 2008 7:29 AM CST
Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin, left, confers with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, in Oakland,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Al Davis has asked Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin to resign and Kiffin has refused, reports ESPN. Kiffin, who coached the Raiders to a 4-12 record in his first season, has instead told Davis to fire him. The pair have been battling over the coaching staff since shortly after the Raiders season ended. Kiffin wanted to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, but Davis wouldn't let him.

If Kiffin quits he forfeits an estimated $2 million a year for the next two years. Dennis Green may replace Kiffin if he is out. "I'm not going to comment on anything that has transpired in the past three weeks," Kiffin said. The Raiders, who've had  three coaches and gone 19-61 since losing the 2002 Super Bowl, denied the reports.