December 25, 2013 |
Take the list of coaching clients of a sports agent, and there's a good chance that it could be mapped like a family tree. At the top branches, successful coaches such as Pete Carroll, and below them, several of that person's current and former assistants usually follow. In Carroll's case, that includes Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, Ed Orgeron and Sammy Knight. The tight setup meant that as Orgeron fought for a permanent coaching job at USC in November, his agent, Gary Uberstine, was also helping fellow client Sarkisian through the vetting process for the same gig. Similar situations arise a few times every year when an agent has multiple clients vying for a single coaching or playing position.
September 7, 1996
Last weekend, the Oakland Raiders (who used to be the Los Angeles Raiders, who used to be the Oakland Raiders) played the Baltimore Ravens (who used to be the Cleveland Browns), and the Indianapolis Colts (who used to be the Baltimore Colts) played the Arizona Cardinals (who used to be the St. Louis Cardinals, who used to be the Chicago Cardinals), and the St. Louis Rams (who used to be Los Angeles Rams or the Anaheim Rams, who used to be the Cleveland Rams) played a home game, but I was busy rooting for the Houston Oilers (soon to be the Nashville Oilers)
October 5, 1996 |
Defensive end Anthony Smith reported to the Oakland Raiders, nearly a week after announcing he was leaving the team. Smith was put on reserve and remained suspended without pay, the Raiders said Friday. He would not travel with the team for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. A spokesman for Smith announced last week that Smith would no longer play for the Raiders. He left the team last Thursday for his home in Los Angeles.
October 3, 2009 |
A psychologist walks into an Oakland Raiders team meeting. Stop if you've heard this one. He's talking about gray matter, a pair of almond-shaped masses in the temporal lobes. He wants to know whether any players are familiar with these regions of the brain that process fear and sadness. Here comes the punch line. A defensive lineman blurts out: "The amygdala." But it's no joke. Last month, the Raiders invited a psychologist to counsel rookies about keeping their cool and the lineman who spoke up was Desmond Bryant, newly graduated from Harvard with a degree in psychology.
July 25, 2010 |
From the backyard of his hillside home outside San Diego, Ben Davidson can look out and enjoy nearly two dozen fireworks displays on the Fourth of July. "I'm kind of ruined now for gyms," notes the former Oakland Raiders defensive end, motioning toward a stack of weights nearby, "because I can stand here and, while I'm doing my curls, make sure everything's all right in Tijuana and San Diego." Football, in short, has accorded Davidson a pleasant, comfortable lifestyle, not to mention a breathtaking view.
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March 7, 1996 |
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis announced Wednesday that the team will not return to train in Oxnard, as he expects to settle on a Northern California site for a training camp as early as next week. Oxnard officials learned last June that the Raiders planned to return to the Bay Area after 12 years of playing in Los Angeles, so Wednesday's news came as no surprise.
June 29, 2012 |
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo about Los Angeles to the league's 32 teams Friday -- one that surely resonated with the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and any others that might be considering relocation to the nation's second-largest market. "Although substantial uncertainties remain," Goodell wrote in the two-page document obtained by The Times, "stadium development in Los Angeles has advanced to the point where the prospects for a new facility are better than they have been in many years.
August 16, 1996 |
Playing after only four practices, Jeff George completed 17 of 24 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns in the first half Thursday, sparking the Atlanta Falcons to a 27-6 exhibition rout of the Oakland Raiders. George signed a one-year, $3.6-million contract last week. He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. George connected with Eric Metcalf on an 11-yard scoring and hit Tyrone Brown on a 48-yard scoring play.
July 21, 2011 |
NFL owners have ratified a deal to lift the player lockout but it's unclear what that means for a collective bargaining agreement or when free agency might begin. According to NFL Network, the vote was 31-0 with the Oakland Raiders choosing to abstain, as they often do. While owners have been meeting at an airport hotel in Atlanta, representatives for the players are in Washington working on their next move.