Sarkisian, Kiffin drawing interest from other teams


USC’s impressive Rose Bowl victory over Michigan has generated interest in Trojans assistant coaches Steve Sarkisian and Lane Kiffin.

Sarkisian, the Trojans’ assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach, said Saturday that he will interview for the Oakland Raiders head coaching job on Monday.

“It’s somewhat unexpected but a great opportunity and one I’m going to go for,” said Sarkisian, 32, who was the Raiders’ quarterbacks coach in 2004. “It’s a tremendous organization, one that I’m familiar with.”


Sarkisian said he had not been contacted by Florida State about its offensive coordinator position. Louisiana State’s Jimbo Fisher was offered the job but had not accepted as of Friday.

Representatives from the University of Minnesota, which is seeking a head coach to replace fired Glen Mason, contacted Coach Pete Carroll in regard to Kiffin, USC’s offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the last two seasons.

New Alabama Coach Nick Saban called Kiffin on Friday.

“Obviously, he is a great coach and that’s a great program and I was willing to listen,” Kiffin said. “But I realize what a great program we have here and I work for the best coach in America.”

Kiffin, however, said he would be interested in the Minnesota opportunity. Kiffin, 31, grew up in Minnesota and attended high school there.