Raiders managing general partner Al Davis hired Lane Kiffin in 2007 to coach the Raiders. Davis fired Kiffin four games into the 2008 season “for cause.”
The Raiders and Kiffin were part of a grievance over unpaid salary to Kiffin, who had two more years left on his contract.
Kiffin spent most of his Raiders career taking jabs at Davis for his handling of personnel moves, overseeing the defense and other things. He kept up the rhetoric once he bolted for Tennessee, first, and then Southern Cal.
Kiffin issued the following statement to the Los Angeles Times about Davis’ passing:
“I was very saddened this morning to learn of the passing of Al Davis,” Kiffin said in a statement. “He was an iconic figure in the history of professional football and built a truly legendary franchise with the Raiders.
“I consider myself fortunate to have known him and to have been a part of that Raiders history. Even though our relationship did not end the way I would have liked, I have nothing but the greatest respect for Mr. Davis and I truly appreciate the opportunity he afforded me and so many young coaches, players and staff. My thoughts go out to his family and to the family and fans of the Raiders past and present.”
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