Does anyone want to coach Oakland?

Last year the carousel included Bobby Petrino turning down an offer to become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders only to agree to be the general of the Atlanta Falcons this season. This year, the Raiders find themselves in a familiar situation.

Even 2004 came with its share of strife as Sean Payton was poised to become the head coach before backing out; he is now heading up the New Orleans Saints.

In what appeared to be slam dunk - the Oakland Raiders continue to be rejected.

Despite meeting with USC assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, the deal could not be sealed and Sarkisian officially withdrew his name from consideration in a statement issued by USC:

"I thank them for their interest in me," Sarkisian said. "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."

The Raiders countered in part:

"The Oakland Raiders were not ready to offer the position and wanted to wait until after the weekend as the organization is still doing its due diligence."

San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton also reportedly withdrew his name.

Dennis Green was the first to turn down the Raiders - refusing to even interview with the club.

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel were the only other candidates to interview for the position.


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