Raiders coaching candidate Sarkisian rejects offer

Updated: January 20, 2007, 2:27 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In a strange twist that left the Oakland Raiders jilted by their first choice to succeed Art Shell, Southern California quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian on Friday evening rejected the team's offer to become its next head coach.

League sources who confirmed the move by Sarkisian gave no reason for his decision. The Raiders had offered a contract longer than the two-year deal Shell signed but further details were not available.

In a statement late Friday, the Raiders denied ...

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