It's Official: Raiders Fire Kiffin

Coach let go three games into season after lengthy dispute with Oakland owner Davis
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2008 3:27 PM CDT
IN this Juan 23, 2007 file photo, Owner Al Davis, right, introduces Lane Kiffin, left, as the Oakland Raiders new head coach in Alameda, Calif.    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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(Newser) – The Oakland Raiders today fired head coach Lane Kiffin, who had been told he would be released following the team's 24-23 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 21, ESPN reports. Team owner Al Davis called Kiffin, whose 5-15 record with the team included fourth-quarter leads in 11 games, to relieve him of his duties. 

Offensive-line coach Tom Cable is seen as a likely replacement as head coach, team sources said. Kiffin was seen a risky hire in 2007 because, at 31, he was the NFL’s youngest head coach. While credited for improving performance last season, Kiffin reportedly had a falling out with Davis when he sought to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.