Kiffin says he hopes to return to Raiders during interview

Updated: January 27, 2008, 11:28 AM ET
Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. -- Lane Kiffin said he hopes to be back as Oakland Raiders coach next season, a day after reports surfaced that owner Al Davis has asked him to resign.

Lane Kiffin


Kiffin was asked after coaching the North team at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday whether he wanted to return a second season as Oakland's coach.

"I hope so," he said.

Kiffin would not comment further on a report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Davis drew up a resignation letter for him two weeks ago.

Davis has been pushing for coach Lane Kiffin to resign and is considering Dennis Green as a potential replacement, sources close to Kiffin and the team told Mortensen.

The Raiders have denied the report when it came out Friday.

"It's got nothing to do with this game, and these guys' last game here," he said.

Speculation about Kiffin's status began three weeks ago after reports surfaced following the season that he wanted to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The Raiders dismissed those reports and announced that Ryan was staying on as coordinator.

Kiffin was reportedly upset that he didn't have control of his coaching staff, leading Davis to ask for his resignation. If Kiffin were to resign, he would not be paid for the remaining two years of his contract.

Kiffin, 32, was the youngest man to coach a game in the NFL since Harland Svare took over the Los Angeles Rams as a 31-year old in 1962. The team went 4-12 in his first season in Oakland, doubling the team's win total from the previous year and showing signs of improvement in many areas.

But it marked the fifth straight year that Oakland has lost at least 10 games.

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