Lane Kiffin's saga continues
As if working for Al Davis isn't trying enough, now Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin is dealing with hormones and house hunters.
In a conference call with San Diego reporters this week, Kiffin revealed that his wife is due in January with their third child. So all this speculation about if and when Kiffin will be fired has hit her especially hard.
"I feel unfortunate for that," he said. "You know how this thing is, all of a sudden she's got Realtors coming by the house asking if we're putting the house up. So it's tough, especially on a pregnant woman that doesn't know where she's going to be when her child's delivered. If there was any regret, that's what it would be."
OK, so he's playing the sympathy card. He's earned it.
Surely knowing Davis will be combing over his every word, Kiffin also tweaked him with this: He says he's getting calls from coaches and general managers all over the league who can commiserate with him.
"I get a lot of calls," he said. "I don't really reach out much, because it all just continues to bring it up. It's around enough that I don't want to waste very much time on it, because that's not my job, to sit around and complain or sit around and say, 'Well, I wish I had this,' or, 'I wish it could be like that.' What good does that do us? ...
"I'm just seeing a lot of encouraging words from head coaches and some general managers as well."
Any words from, hmm, I don't know ... Mike Shanahan maybe?
"I'm not going to go into which guys have called me," Kiffin said with a chuckle. "But it's been very good."
-- Sam Farmer
Photo: Lane Kiffin answering questions in Oakland earlier this week. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press