Pat Jones, who was Oklahoma State's head coach for 11 seasons and Sam Clancy, a former NFL performer who has been a pro assistant for the past nine seasons, have joined the Raiders staff.
Jones, who before becoming head coach at Oklahoma State was the Cowboy's defensive coordinator for five seasons, will coach outside linebackers while Clancy will coach defensive line.
Jones has 34 years of coaching experience, including the last nine in the NFL. He has spent the past eight seasons as tight ends coach for the Miami Dolphins after serving as offensive line special assistant for the Chicago Bears in 1995.
From 1984-94, Jones was head coach at Oklahoma State, where he posted a 62-60-3 record and was at the helm during the school's only 10-win seasons (1984, 1987, 1988) in its football history. Jones led Oklahoma State to four bowl games—1984 and 1985 Gator Bowl, 1987 Sun Bowl and 1988 Holiday Bowl—posting three victories in those contests.
The 56-year old Jones followed Jimmy Johnson at Oklahoma State and finished as the school's winningest coach, was twice named Big Eight Coach of the Year (1984 and 1992) and was National Coach of the Year by Football Yearbook in 1984. He coached nine All-Americans at Oklahoma State, including recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders and former NFL stars Thurman Thomas and Leslie O'Neal and current pro performer Jason Gildon of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jones began his coaching career in the Little Rock, Arkansas public school system in 1969 before joining then-defensive coordinator Jimmy Johnson at Arkansas as assistant defensive line coach from 1974-75. He then coached defensive line at Southern Methodist (1976-77), defensive ends at Pittsburgh (1978) before serving as defensive ends coach/defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State from 1979-83.
The 46-year old Clancy coached defensive line with New Orleans for the past four seasons, during which time the Saints were recognized as building a tradition of top-notch defensive line play. The Saints defensive line has averaged over 30 sacks per season since Clancy took over as that position's coach in 2000. Clancy's unit was a major contributor to the Saints leading the NFL in sacks in 2000 with 66, 48.5 of which were generated by the defensive line. In 2001, his troops contributed to the Saints ranking seventh in the NFC versus the run.
Clancy played 11 seasons as a defensive lineman, entering the NFL as an 11th round pick by Seattle in 1982. After spending his first two pro seasons with the Seahawks, Clancy played in the USFL for Pittsburgh (1984) and Memphis (1985) before returning to the NFL to play for Cleveland (1985-88) and Indianapolis (1989-93).
Clancy was a four-year letterman in basketball at the University of Pittsburgh, but did not play football. He was a member of the 1979 U.S. Pan American Games squad that won the gold medal. He was a third round pick by the NBA's Phoenix Suns, but opted to play in the NFL. One of his sons, Sam Jr., was a second round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2002 following a stellar college career as a forward and center at the University of Southern California.