Raiders to name Kiffin new head coach

The Raiders have called a 1 p.m. press conference Tuesday to announce the hiring of head coach Lane Kiffin.

The son of Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, Lane Kiffin became a leading candidate for the Oakland job after his colleague at USC, Steve Sarkisian, spurred an offer from the Raiders and instead chose to stay with the Trojans.

Lane Kiffin, 31, becomes the eighth Raiders coach since 1993. He replaces Art Shell, who was fired after a 2-14 season.

Kiffin played quarterback at Fresno State and is the son of longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Lane Kiffin joined the Trojan staff in February of 2001 and spent the 2001 season handling the tight ends. He became the wide receivers coach in 2002. In 2004, he took on the additional duty of passing game coordinator. In 2005, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, in addition to continuing as the wide receivers coach.

A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday.

Kiffin, 31, was the defensive quality control coach for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000 (he worked with the secondary). He began his coaching career at Fresno State, his alma mater, where for 2 seasons (1997-98) he worked with the quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs. He then was an assistant at Colorado State in 1999, working with the offensive line. The Rams played in the Liberty Bowl that season.


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