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Kiffin Replaces Shell as Raiders Head Coach

By bobSP     Jan 23, 2007 in Sports
Lane Kiffin will officially become the head coach of the Raiders at 1pm (pacific) this afternoon. He will be the youngest head coach of all time, second being former Raiders Hall of Fame Coach John Madden.
Aside from being the the youngest head coach of all time, Kiffin has been the offensive coordinator for the University of Southern California (USC) for the last two years. USC has been quite successful in recent years, with back-to-back Championships in 2003 and 2004, as well as the emergence of two Heisman Trophy winners from the school. Kiffin was a member at USC for six years.
In 2004, he took on the responsibility of passing game coordinator as well as coaching wide receivers. In 2005, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in addition to continuing as the wide receivers coach.
Kiffin is also one of the best recruiters in the entire nation--ranking in the top 25--and obviously has an eye for talent: he's factored in the choices of recruiting Reggie Bush, Heisman winner, and many others in the high-powered USC offense.
With Kiffin on the coaching staff, Southern California played in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl, 2003 Orange Bowl, 2004 Rose Bowl, 2005 Orange Bowl (BCS Championship Game) and 2006 Rose Bowl (BCS Championship Game) and the 2007 Rose Bowl.
With his impressive resume, he looks to be just what the doctor ordered to help mend the Raiders' incredibly sickly offense--last in nearly every category this past season. Although Rob Ryan, the Raiders' Defensive Coordinator was also in the running for this job, it seems he will stay on and keep bringing the stifling defense the Raiders have enjoyed over the last couple of years--Coming up 4th overall last season.
Hopefully he will be another John Madden for the Raiders--He had one Super Bowl win, never had a losing season, and his winning percentage is second only to the legendary Vince Lombardi.
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