The college coach most closely linked — and not in a good way — to late Raiders owner Al Davis is USC coach Lane Kiffin, who took the high road when reflecting on his former boss in Oakland.
Another college coach disclosed that Al Davis once wanted to hire him.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno addressed the passing of Al Davis on Saturday.
“He was a good-old Brooklyn boy,” Paterno said, via the York (Pa.) Daily Record. “He was a tough guy. I am sorry to see him go.
“When Al got the job [in Oakland], he called me to be his offensive coordinator. I told Al, ‘You and I would have trouble getting along, because I am smarter than you are.'”
Al surely would have disagreed, in large part because Paterno never chose to coach football at its highest level.