Despite reports to the contrary, Stanford head coach Jim Harbuagh was never interviewed by Al Davis for any position in the Raiders’ organization.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post quotes Jack Bechtha, Harbaugh’s agent, in his report.
“There is no truth to the rumors that Jim Harbaugh or I have met with the Raiders,” Bechta said. “Further, Jim has not interviewed with nor been offered the head coaching job of the Oakland Raiders. Jim and Al [Davis] have a very special relationship full of mutual respect. However, the rumors circulating are absolutely false.”
This news comes on the heels of a day filled with multiple outlets reporting the Raiders had spent the past two weeks interviewing potential head coaching candidates.
Senior Executive John Herrera, of course, denied all notions of the organization conducting a coaching search with the release of the following statement.
“The reports that we’ve interviewed prospective head coaches are totally untrue, totally false.”
With Tom Cable still the head coach in title, there are some rumblings that he will remain with the Raiders in 2010 in a different capacity.
As usual, Al Davis has the media chasing their own tails in feeble attempts to create splashy headlines. Who really knows what is going on behind those closed doors in Alameda? Hopefully, Davis does. Having yet to affirm Cable as the head coach for the ensuing season and given the numerous coaches who have been linked to the Raiders, it would seem obvious that changes of some kind are inevitable.
Just what those changes will be is anybody’s guess.
So, keep on taking those stabs in the dark Florio and Schefter. Soon you’ll both realize why Chris Mortensen no longer barks up the Al Davis tree.
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