Callahan introduced as new Nebraska coach

The Oakland Raiders latest interviewee for their head coaching position will not be the new man leading the team while their former coach was formally introduced at his new job Friday.

The Raiders interviewed San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Knapp Thursday. Knapp, however, joined Jim Mora Jr., who was introduced as the Atlanta Falcons head man. The Falcons announced that Knapp would be their offensive coordinator. Mora served as the 49ers defensive coordinator since 1997.

The Raiders are rumored to be planning to interview Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon within the next five days but there is nothing definitive as to when that situation will take place.

The University of Nebraska, meanwhile, introduced Bill Callahan, whom the Raiders dismissed 10 days ago, as its replacement of Frank Solich, who was fired two days after finishing a 9-3 regular season.

"It's an honor and privilege to write the next chapter in the history of Nebraska football," Callahan said. "My vision for the program is to maintain and continue the success and win a national championship. Being part of this great tradition and this great fan base. ... It's a lifelong dream."

Callahan, who was Oakland's head coach for two seasons, led the Raiders to a Super Bowl appearance in his first season. His second year, however, was full of injuries and player-coach turmoil with the team falling to 4-12. Callahan, however, did not emphasize the need to redeem himself personally or professionally.

"The situation at Oakland was unwarranted in many instances because of the injury factor," Callahan said. "We had 13 on the IR. We lost a lot of leadership, which was a definite void, but by in large I had tremendous relationships with players throughout my career in Oakland. I had wonderful relationships with Adam Treu, who is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, and John Parella. Those were very strong relationships that I had built throughout the last years. To be able to be affiliated with the character and personality of Jerry Rice impacted me as a coach. There may be a misperception out there in the media about that situation. It was a very competitive situation and it is unfortunate that things didn't work out. I did accept full responsibility for it."

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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