NFC South: Kiffin fired

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- Monte Kiffin is known for putting together aggressive defenses on the field.

When it came time to defend his son, Kiffin took a passive-aggressive approach. Lane Kiffin was fired as coach of the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday and was criticized by owner Al Davis in his news conference announcing the move.

"It was a long day and I really don't want to go there and all due respect to you guys and you guys have been great in this matter,'' Monte Kiffin said.

Kiffin was asked if he was proud of how his son had handled the situation.

"Take the high road,'' the Tampa Bay defensive coordinator said. "That's all you can do.''

Kiffin declined to comment on Davis' contention that Lane Kiffin wanted to bring his father to Oakland as the defensive coordinator.

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.

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