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Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Raiders owner Al Davis called head coach Lane Kiffin this morning and told him that he’s fired.
Per Mortensen, Davis told Kiffin that he is terminating him without pay, and that Kiffin should not expect to receive the remaining money due him on his contract. It’s safe to assume Kiffin and his agent/lawyer will have something to say about that.
John Clayton reported on ESPN that Kiffin is still owed $3.5 million.
It’s not clear who the new head coach of the Raiders will be, but Mortensen said offensive line coach Tom Cable is the most likely choice.

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  1. strobman says: Sep 30, 2008 12:58 PM

    can Al withhold his pay?

  2. dkst0426 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:00 PM

    As Cowherd said, stay classy, Al.

  3. CD_Ridge says: Sep 30, 2008 1:00 PM

    Now there’s an organization with class. How will they ever hire a decent coach when Al Davis refuses to honor a contract.

  4. Lee C. says: Sep 30, 2008 1:01 PM

    I heard that Davis called Kiffin and fired him over the phone….with no pay, and didnt let him address his players….Stay classy, Al…you prick…

  5. Slow Joe says: Sep 30, 2008 1:02 PM

    M.C.:“…AND NOW, coming to the mic, all the way from Alameda, California, the ‘King of Comedy’, the ‘Father of Funny’, the ‘Lieutenant of Laughs’, lets hear a big round of applause for AL DAVIS!”
    Audience: (loud applause)
    Davis: “Thank you…thank you. Seriously, thank you. A funny thing happened on the way here tonight: I fired someone!”
    Audience: “Hahahahaha!”
    Davis: “Yeah, I had no idea that since 2003, my running of the Oakland Raiders was really a comedy show, but it’s been truly special performing all these gyrations for all you Raider fans. Anyway, I’ve fired Lane Kiffin today to go in a different direction. I know all you fans think all I do is hire young weak offensive coordinators so I can boss them around, but that is simply not true.”
    Audience: “Hahahahaha!”
    Davis: “Um, that wasn’t a joke. Anyway, I really do want to go in a different direction. So today I’m announcing the hiring of Andrew Walter as our new head coach.”
    Random Audience Member: “But..but…he’s our back-up quarterback!”
    Davis: “Yeah, but I think he has a great young mind and will lead our team to a Super Bowl. Anyway, a funny thing happened when I was at the grocery store shopping for Depends…”

  6. leemuncy says: Sep 30, 2008 1:03 PM

    lane should consider himself lucky in a way.
    he doesnt have to deal with an insane asylum anymore
    nor the lunatic in charge Al Davis.
    lane took these guys from being totally uncompetetive to having
    11 4th qtr leads out of 20 starts under him.
    seems like maybe Mr Ryan was really the one who couldnt or didnt know how to play with a lead. (did the right guy get fired?)
    kiffin unlike Mike Shanahan will get paid thru the court system in time and he got some experience as a young coach that he wont ever forget.
    someone would be smart to hire this guy and figure out his role as it goes along. he could coordinate or be a top guy on a young team who is rebuilding.
    i think he did one helluva transformation in Oakland, hell he’s probably better than Senior Lunatic deserves.
    shame on Al Davis for being so incompetent and delusional
    he is a pure disgrace to the NFL.

  7. kaygee08 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:03 PM

    Anybody who voluntarily interviews for the job needs their head checked. Who in their right mind would work for Al Davis now?

  8. arosen36 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:03 PM

    hey al davis, don’t expect to receive your alzheimers medication

  9. LiveNBreath Football says: Sep 30, 2008 1:04 PM

    Al Davis’ lawyers love him. They bill by the hour.

  10. fucanay says: Sep 30, 2008 1:04 PM

    What a bunch of BS. If Kiffin seriously didn’t have control over the Defense, as has been speculated, then it is Rob Ryan who should be fired. He apparently only coaches Defense for 3 quarters. Kiffin should get his money. He did a better job than anyone expected he would and their 1-3 record could just as easily be 3-1. Oh no, the Raiders suck again.

  11. doggz109 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:04 PM

    Now that sucks. Davis pulled another classless move like he did to Shanahan in the 80s. What a moron.

  12. fjrain says: Sep 30, 2008 1:05 PM

    And Davis wonders why no one wants to coach the Raiders.

  13. Free Palestine says: Sep 30, 2008 1:07 PM

    I called the front office again, and the lady yelled at me in amazement LOL “WHAT!!??” she said “We have heard nothing like that around here! and the building sure is not on fire,” lol is what she said, again, how much does a receptionist know, but still..

  14. RaiderFan420 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:08 PM

    Al Davis, while old and drinks blood, is not stupid. He waited for Kiffin to say things that would violate his contract such as voicing opinions that may undermine Al Davis or be somehow detrimental to the team, thus violating his contract.
    To me this comes as a surprise… Al is usually eating pudding and watching reruns on Nickelodeon at this hour.

  15. alamedaman says: Sep 30, 2008 1:09 PM


  16. patsfan1776 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:11 PM

    Rumor has it that Al Davis will announce that his new name is Tanya and the team will be renamed the Sunshine Carpet Cleaners from Oakland.

  17. saintsfan504 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:11 PM

    What a senile piece of crap.

  18. Wrathchild says: Sep 30, 2008 1:11 PM

    Hmmm, I wonder if there was a termination clause in the contract that actually allows Davis to withhold Kiffin’s salary. Or, is this just Al being senile and ultimately end up getting sued for breach of contract.

  19. favrefromover says: Sep 30, 2008 1:11 PM

    WOW,, Al must have pulled an all-nighter for this one…
    “Let’s see, last on my list for the day… oh yea, Fire Kiffin. OK time to go to bed…”
    sleep well Al… you are a laughing stock!

  20. 5280sports says: Sep 30, 2008 1:12 PM

    I love it. I feel bad for Kiffin – he will be here in Denver by the end of the week. Keep it up Raiders. This could not happen to a better organization.

  21. budman999 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:12 PM

    2 4th quarter defensive meltdowns=firing the head coach that has no control over his defensive coordinator that he WANTED TO FIRE,only in Crazy Al’s addled mind does this make sense.OAKLAND RAIDERS=COMMITMENT TO SENILITY

  22. raiderclay says: Sep 30, 2008 1:13 PM

    i hope lane sues, and lane wins the 3.5 + interest + a hefty penalty. someone needs to kick al in the nuts and wake him up to the new world of sports team management…
    another crap year in oakland – thanks mr. davis.

  23. Enrgy2Burn says: Sep 30, 2008 1:13 PM

    he should be removed from the dealings of the franchise the way Marge Schott (did i spell that right?) was removed from the Reds’ day to day dealings. davis is a pure scumbag and i hope to hell that kiffin sues the pants off of that old miserable piece of garbage – perhaps to the tune of $1,000,000,000 which i believe is the amount of money davis sued the nfl for. i hope raider fans show some class, since their owner is incapable, and in some way boycott the franchise!

  24. ACDC84 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:17 PM

    I don’t understand how Davis overpays millions and millions and millions of dollars on big contracts for guys like Javon Walker, Tommy Kelly, and Deangelo Hall, but he’s too cheap to pay the last couple of million dollars on Kiffin’s contract.
    Hopefully an organization that actually has their act together will recognize that Kiffin has done as well as possibly with that roster/situation and will give him an actual chance to have some NFL success.

  25. Staff Sergeant Bandazewski says: Sep 30, 2008 1:17 PM

    now would be a great time for the government to step in and take control of the raiders.

  26. whitedawg says: Sep 30, 2008 1:18 PM

    I don’t know – the Raiders job might be the best job for a young coach.
    1. No competition for the job!
    2. Get paid for four years while only working a year or two.
    3. Gain valuable experience – if you can succeed there, you can succeed anywhere. Hey, it worked for Gruden.
    There are some definite advantages to being a 33-year-old with a bright offensive mind and head coaching experience. Now Lane can either go back to the college ranks as a head coach, or become a OC in the NFL and resurface in 5-7 years as head coach of a REAL team. In the past years, he fast-tracked his career and came out a few mil richer – let’s not feel too sorry for him.

  27. seatofmypants says: Sep 30, 2008 1:18 PM

    Al Davis looks at it from this perspective.
    He is a vindictive SOB. It is his way – no negotiations.
    He would rather pay his attorneys 4 million than pay Kiffin the 3.5 million remaining on his contract.
    He had to show everyone in town who was in charge when he wouldn’t let kiffin fire ryan, and now he is doing the same thing by refusing to pay kiffin.
    He is going to make kiffin work (i.e. attorney’s charging billable hours, reducing any actual money that Kiffin would recover) in order to make him suffer.
    What a truly miserable person. The problem is there is always someone out there who will work for him – because they would view this as an apportunity to be a head coach – when no one else would hire them to be the same elsewhere.

  28. jcdavey says: Sep 30, 2008 1:18 PM

    i mean i know it’s been official, but now it’s 100%….al davis is a senile old idiot haha, trying to not honor a contract? what a dbag

  29. snb8818 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:18 PM

    welcome to Denver(or Tampa), Lane

  30. empty13 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:21 PM

    al is a scurvy turd. as predicted, he is stiffing kiffin.
    see you in court, al. it starts way before 1630 daily.

  31. obscenery says: Sep 30, 2008 1:24 PM

    I’ll work for Al Davis. My football experience includes breaking my wrist the first year i played WR and then switching to playing in rock bands instead. But i have babysitting experience, and experience letting old people ramble on while i nod in agreement as to not upset them and get them grumpier.
    I’d be perfect! (only because i’d put up with Al for the huge pay increase i’d get accepting the league’s minimum contract for a coach, and i’d expect to get fired rather quickly). Sure… i’d do it for the money and to for the sheer wonder of being on the sideline during games.
    The crazy thing is i just might be the leading candidate amongst people who’d want the job.

  32. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 30, 2008 1:24 PM

    The worst part? Al called collect.

  33. cello says: Sep 30, 2008 1:25 PM

    I bleed silver and black and will continue to do so but I can not agree with the way uncle Al has handled this situation. The change needs to be with the ownership and not with the head coach

  34. empty13 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:26 PM

    he isnt getting paid the balance anytime soon.

  35. section142 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:26 PM

    How is Cable the best possible choice?? I think he is a good Oline Coach, but NFL head coach?? His only experience as ahead coach is from college…
    Oh wait..I forgot, Mr. Davis is making the decision on this..!

  36. Philly5NDime says: Sep 30, 2008 1:26 PM

    Al Davis needs to step away; hire a general manager and let the GM control the franchise. Or sell the team. Otherwise, the Raiders will continue to be the laughing stock of the NFL. Lane Kiffin was never given a fair deal; and looks to be a promising coach in the ranks. Someone needs to hire him to be an offensive coordinator or a coach on the offense side and he will be a head coach again in this league.

  37. CaptainFantastik says: Sep 30, 2008 1:28 PM

    Funny that Al Davis thinks he’s exempt from contractual wording. Kiffin didn’t say anything to the media that wasn’t reasonable that would void a contract. Maybe Matt Millen will be the new head coach.

  38. JckVncenz says: Sep 30, 2008 1:29 PM

    Can the other owners rise up and buy him out? MLB owned the Expos for a full season, why can’t the NFL buy the Raiders and force Davis out?

  39. atlasshruggs says: Sep 30, 2008 1:31 PM

    I’m actually surprise he remembered to tell Kiffin he was fired.
    I figured he’d have the presser and when asked what he told Kiffin, he’d just say “I am”.

  40. inmymind says: Sep 30, 2008 1:31 PM

    Well I think he has a good case. Davis has never spoken publicly about Kiffens status. Kiffens became offended by media reports. He reacted unprofessionally by discussing the inter-workings of the team; precisely his comments about Ryan and Davis. You have to love Al Davis and his never say die attitude. Too bad his team has a never say win attitude.

  41. empty13 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:32 PM

    oh, and schefter’s a doofus.

  42. kellyb9 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:33 PM

    Kiffen’s pay is just a drop in the bucket compared to what he overpays on everyone else. Kiffen is owed that money per his contract. He didn’t quit, he was fired, thus he should get paid.

  43. Jon Snow says: Sep 30, 2008 1:33 PM

    What’s Shanahan’s record against the Raiders? Something like 21-6?!?!?
    I can’t believe he’s pulling this crap again. Any team that wants a 78% winning percentage over the Raiders for the next decade should hire this guy right away.
    This just proves once again that you can’t teach the dead new tricks.

  44. WhoDey08 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:34 PM

    How in the hell are we ever going to be the most disfunctional franchise w/ Al Davis around?
    Come on Al show Cincinnati some love and get out of the way.

  45. joetoronto says: Sep 30, 2008 1:34 PM

    Say what you want about Al Davis but you best believe Kiffin won’t get a penny.
    Ask Shanarat if he got his money, hell, ask the NFL how it went when Davis said he was moving the team to L.A.

  46. woodyjunior says: Sep 30, 2008 1:36 PM

    Ha! An owner actually WORSE than Mike Brown!?!?

  47. schlicht says: Sep 30, 2008 1:37 PM

    What the hell Al? I am sick of watching you destroy this franchise. You are making it really hard to be a Raiders fan right now.
    We will never find another quality coach again until you are gone.

  48. Mbehavin2 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:48 PM

    Al Davis is a COWARD and the NFL should ban him from doing anything until he pays Kiffin the remainder of his contract in full.

  49. kellyb9 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:49 PM

    On a side note, why is it always Chris Mortensen who gets all these exclusive reports.

  50. trixstal says: Sep 30, 2008 1:49 PM

    I guess we’ve found the perfect playmate for Sen. Spector. Someone should call and schedule a play day for him and Al.

  51. fd says: Sep 30, 2008 1:52 PM

    Mike, got a question for you; in fact I’d like to see you guys do a segment on this:
    The disfunctionality of the Oakland franchise aside, how did Kiffin do?
    Yeah, working conditions were tough: Al Davis, once a visionary, is not the man he used to be, talent was thin, and the only continuity the franchise had over the last few years was perpetual volatility. But how did lane do in terms of drafting, coaching, managing players, etc. – in a “normal” franchise, how might things have worked out?

  52. Bearable says: Sep 30, 2008 1:54 PM

    Doesn’t the NFL Requirement every team to have an owner secession plan in case of ownership death? Al is on his last coach here. He is in his 80’s and the NFL world has changed. Someone assign to take over? Are their any children or family members involved in the ownership of the Raiders?
    It time to start selling off peices of the pie. Is this true that John Elway ownes up to 20% of the Raiders???? Somebody buy the damn team and move them back to LA already!!

  53. dolfan3248 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:56 PM

    well if Lane ever gets a Head Coaching job again at least he wont have to worry about getting the radiers job…

  54. GFH says: Sep 30, 2008 1:58 PM

    Staff Sergeant Bandazewski says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 1:17 pm
    now would be a great time for the government to step in and take control of the raiders.
    Best comment on here by far. Well done sir.

  55. patsfan1776 says: Sep 30, 2008 1:59 PM

    Al Davis is so senile he thought he fired Kiffin last week and was shocked when Kiffin was on the sideline Sunday.

  56. Bob S. says: Sep 30, 2008 2:01 PM

    davis should BRING IT UP IN COURT HOW KIFFIN PURPOSELY LOST THE BILLS GAME. in fact get fbi involved for kiffin trying to change the outcome of a sporting event that day by refusing to stop the clock with his 2 final timeouts as bills ran clock down to game winning FG. kiffin fixed that game by eliminating the chance of raiders getting one more shot and with about a minute for their own game winning FG.

  57. BigEd1340am says: Sep 30, 2008 2:03 PM

    Hey Lane, if you knew you weren’t getting paid, you should have had Sabastian kick that field goal from the parking lot! Al…your LOSING it!!!

  58. SmellsLikeTeenSpirit says: Sep 30, 2008 2:04 PM

    Kiffin will find a better job elsewhere.
    I can’t imagine any prospective employer holding what happened at Oakland against him.

  59. DangerousDan says: Sep 30, 2008 2:05 PM

    Mr. Kiffin
    As a former USC guy myself, I am interested in offering you a head coaching job. Now I know people don’t think your ready, but I think you would be about ten steps up from the current guy we have coaching. There is a very low expectation level which means very little stress. The only problem is the team horrible, but you should be used to that.
    Thank you for your time,
    Dr. Daryl Gross
    Athletics Director Syracuse University

  60. Bob S. says: Sep 30, 2008 2:08 PM

    i remember former mlb umpires lawyer richie phillips tell a guy at philadelphia park who said phillips owed him some money on a horse phillips owned and raced there, phillips said to him, “sue me, take me to court, i live there”.
    so does davis. it will take kiffin years to even collect if he ever does collect.

  61. former Raider fan says: Sep 30, 2008 2:08 PM

    Well Al you’ve done it. I’ve been a Raider fan all my life, I live and die with this team but I am now packing all my Raider gear in the attic not to be seen again untill you are no longer in charge of this team.
    I won’t be watching your games spending my hard earned money on your gear or talking about/ following the team. I feel really sorry for the young players on this team that have to live with these poor decisions you continue to make. If you want to fire someone for bad decisions fire yourself for Walker and Hall.
    You suck.
    A Former Raider Fan.

  62. teddybayer says: Sep 30, 2008 2:09 PM

    As a Denver fan the quagmire that is now the Oakland Raiders is more than we could have ever hoped for. WHERE IS THE COMMISSIONER ON THIS? And while we get Mr. Kiffin his money, can we get Coach Shanahan his money, too? Frigging’ Tags didn’t do the obvious…
    The real shame is the raiders are young and just because al Davis isn’t, he’s got no time & less patience. “in the best interest of the game” …throw out the bum!

  63. The_Stig says: Sep 30, 2008 2:09 PM

    It’s time the league office looks into adding a clause to the Owner’s Agreement (if it isn’t there yet) that allows the NFL to remove an owner from control of a franchise due to “inability to carry out the duties of Team Principal” (the 4:30 office arrival time might fall under that) or “actions detrimental to the operation of the franchise” (i.e. the revolving coach’s door).
    Oh…..and Vampire Al, I hope it burns when you piss every day for the rest of your once proud (and now comical) life.

  64. NittAndy says: Sep 30, 2008 2:14 PM

    As an Eagles fan I would like to strongly encourage Al to buy the Cowboy.

  65. Jeremiah W says: Sep 30, 2008 2:19 PM

    This is why every owner needs a GM. Even if they can do it themselves competently like a Jerry Jones, he has not won anything since taking over from Jimmy J.
    There is no room for ego at the top. you need someone who has a job on the line and a carreer in the balance. the owner can still have a lot of influence without trying to run everything. name one guy who has done it well recently.

  66. kellyb9 says: Sep 30, 2008 2:21 PM

    Staff Sergeant Bandazewski says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 1:17 pm
    now would be a great time for the government to step in and take control of the raiders.

    Because if there is one organization in the world that can run the Raiders less efficiently than Al Davis, it would definitly be the US government.

  67. SoCalJay says: Sep 30, 2008 2:22 PM

    Kiffin now joins a long list of Sub-Par Head Coaches that have been fired by Al Davis.
    1. Mike Shanahan
    2. John Gruden
    3. Norv Turner
    4. Art Shell
    5. John Fox
    6. Bill Callahan
    Yes, I’m being sarcastic.
    Maybe Kiffen can go to the Chiefs, and then we’ll have a former Raider coach in each of the other 3 AFC West cities, and they can all kick Al Davis’ a$$ every Sunday. Must be a bitter pill to watch Shanahan spank you twice a year, or Norv running LT all up on you.

  68. Kool Herc says: Sep 30, 2008 2:26 PM

    In response to previous posts — I dont think Lane will have to pay his legal fees to sue the pants of Al Davis as this should be covered by the NFL Coaches Group — it’s in the interest of every coach in the league to ensure that Kiffin is paid in full.

  69. mrmagoo says: Sep 30, 2008 2:28 PM

    Al’s a douche and he’s been getting what he deserves. I hope Kiffin sues the formaldehyde out of him.

  70. Mastro says: Sep 30, 2008 2:29 PM

    There is at least one owner in every sport that drives fans nuts and is a classless piece of shit. James Dolan is the man in basketball and hockey and Al Davis is that man in Football. The only way to make a statement that these people understand is to hit them where it hurts, in their pockets. If you don’t like how they’re operating your favorite team than stop buying tickets, stop going to the games, and stop buying merchandise. Once good ole Al is millions of dollars in the Red because he’s lost his fan base maybe he’ll do the one thing you’ve all been dreaming up for the last 5 years and sell he team. Either that or start stripping for extra cash..

  71. empty13 says: Sep 30, 2008 2:44 PM

    at least old man ford pays the guys he fires. millen has offered to not take it.
    dracula, i mean al, take note.

  72. coco says: Sep 30, 2008 3:12 PM

    Prozac,”Al”, Prozac !!!!!!!

  73. Vox Veritas says: Sep 30, 2008 4:34 PM

    “Even if they can do it themselves competently like a Jerry Jones, he has not won anything since taking over from Jimmy J.”
    Super Bowl 30, booby. Check into that.

  74. joetoronto says: Oct 1, 2008 7:00 AM

    Your right, Vox, the Cowboys have been awesome.
    When the last time you guys won a playoff game anyway?

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