Allen resigns, Callahan called by Nebraska

As expected, Oakland Raiders senior assistant Bruce Allen resigned, a team spokesman told the San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday.

Allen, who has adeptly kept the Raiders under salary cap year-after-year, is slated to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a general manager type position according to an report.

Allen joined the Raiders when the team moved back to Oakland from Los Angeles in 1995. He was named NFL Executive of the Year for his role in helping the Raiders reach the Super Bowl in the 2002 season.

He gained a reputation as a skilled handler in negotiating contracts that have allowed the Raiders to ink free agents such as wide receiver Jerry Rice, free safety Rod Woodson and linebacker Bill Romanowski, among others.

Bill Callahan, meanwhile, is said to be interviewing for the University of Nebraska head coaching job Wednesday according to an Lincoln Journal Star report. KLIN radio of Lincoln, the flagship for Nebraska football, however, told Tuesday that such reports were speculation and attepts to reach Callahan's agent were unsuccessful.

The Cornhuskers head coach position was vacated after they fired Frank Solich after a 9-3 regular season.

The Raiders dismissed Callahan, who was 17-18 in two years as head coach, on Dec. 31. Callahan last coached at the college level in 1994, as an offensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin.

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