Whisenhunt staying with Steelers

Ken Whisenhunt has pulled his name out of the running to be the next Oakland Raiders head coach.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' winning streak is still on. The Steelers avoided a loss to their coaching staff when offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt told the Oakland Raiders he was no longer interested in becoming their next head coach.

Whisenhunt left Oakland late Wednesday without an offer after meeting with a Raiders' management team that included chief operating partner Al Davis.

Oakland reportedly made an offer to University of Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, the third time the Raiders offered him the position, but Petrino again turned it down.

In the meantime, Whisenhunt returned to Pittsburgh Thursday morning, called the Raiders and told him he was staying with the Steelers and to take his name off their list.

The 43-year-old Whisenhunt has been with the Steelers since 2001, serving the past two seasons as the team's offensive coordinator. During that span, the Steelers have gone 31-7 reaching the AFC Championship twice and winning the Super Bowl this season.

He has also been instrumental in the development of Ben Roethlisberger, who at 23 became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

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