By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 1:46 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders just announced that they are moving forward without long-time scouts Jon Kingdon, Bruce Kebric and Kent McCloughan, as well as George Karras.
The news of Kingdon’s dismissal leaked a week or so ago. He spent 33 years with the Raiders. Kebric logged 31 years, McCloughan 40. That trio represented three-eighths of the scouting department.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie already has hired Shaun Herock and Raleigh McKenzie, Reggie’s twin brother, to help offset the losses.
“This was a very difficult decision because these individuals have been part of this organization for all or parts of four decades,” Reggie McKenzie said in a press release. “We’re grateful for their dedicated service to the Raiders.”
The release states that Kingdon and Kebric were “relieved of their duties,” while Karras and McCloughan opted to retire.
McKenzie is slated to announce the restructuring of the team’s player-personnel department later this month, the release added.
McCloughan wanted to retire earlier than now. However, former owner Al Davis talked him into returning for several more yeras.
“I had talked to Al Davis when I turned 65,” said McCloughan in the release — he joined the Raiders in the mid-1960s as a cornerback, “and he said, ‘Listen, young man: You’re not quitting before I do.’ I owe him a lot. He was so nice to my family and me.
“We had some great years, including when Ron Wolf was with us. We won a lot of games. I had the opportunity to work 47 years with one team. I enjoyed it so much. I thought Al Davis was an outstanding person and boss. I enjoyed the scouting department, the coaches and players I had the opportunity to work with, and I’ll always be a Raider. I’m going out about as good as a person can go out. You couldn’t have written a better story for me.”
Davis, of course, passed away last October.