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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Raiders' Davis lets out some NFC South secrets

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Just watched the press conference where Raiders owner Al Davis officially announced the firing of coach Lane Kiffin and there were a couple of revelations tied to the NFC South.

Davis said Kiffin wanted to hire his father, Monte Kiffin, as defensive coordinator. Monte Kiffin was at the time, and still is, the defensive coordinator for Tampa Bay. Davis said the team never attempted to hire Monte Kiffin and that he called Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen to tell him what Lane Kiffin wanted to do. Davis said he did not violate the NFL's tampering rules.

I will try to get Monte Kiffin's reaction to this tomorrow when I go out to Bucs' practice.

Also, Davis revealed Lane Kiffin was a candidate for the University of Arkansas job late in the 2007 season. Davis said he told Arkansas officials they could pursue Kiffin after Oakland's season was over. Davis said Bobby Petrino, who was coaching the Atlanta Falcons at the time, learned of Lane Kiffin's interest in the Arkansas job. Davis implied Petrino stepped up his interest in the Arkansas job to get ahead of Kiffin and that's why he left the Falcons with four games remaining in the 2007 season.