Sark turns down Raider opportunity

Trojan assistant head coach and quarterback coach Steve Sarkisian has told the Oakland Raiders that he is removing himself from consideration from the head coaching position with the team in order to stay at USC

Sarkisian, who has been rumored to be one of the front-runners for the job over the last two weeks, had interviewed multiple times with Raiders owner Al Davis but no official offer had ever been made to coach the NFL team.

"I was presented with a tremendous opportunity and experience of interviewing with Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders for their head coach position," said Sarkisian. "I thank them for their interest in me. 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."

Sarkisian had spent a year as an assistant coach with the Raiders in 2004 and many thought he fit the profile of a young, offensive minded coach that Davis seems to prefer. Davis even went so far as to interview Lane Kiffin this week for the position of offensive coordinator which was considered a preliminary step to Sarkisian eventually being named the head coach.

"My goal is to be a head football coach in college and USC is the best place for me to attain that goal," said Sarkisian. "I'm extremely fortunate to work at such a great university for a head coach in Pete Carroll who allows me to strive and achieve at the highest level." Top Stories