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September 23, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
Despite reports yesterday that he was definitely on his way out, Lane Kiffin remains the head coach of the Oakland Raiders today. So, everything is under control and organized in Raider Land, right? Smooth sailing from here on out? Uh...not quite.
[Raiders senior executive John] Herrera brought me there by angrily confronting me about a question I asked Kiffin. I feel bad for the guy (well for BOTH guys), but Herrera’s the one who closed Kiffin’s Monday news conference by stepping up to me, shouting at me, calling me a liar. I didn’t get mad. You’ll see the video. I wasn’t mad. I was interested: THIS IS WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE INSIDE THE RAIDER MANIA. It was crazy. It was other-worldly, where normal truths didn’t mean anything. Yep, I feel like I know the Raiders soooo well now.
And since this all happened at a press conference, with, ya know, the PRESS in attendance, there is video of the confrontation.
You know things are not going well when you begin to make the Detroit Lions
look like a well-run NFL franchise.