Cable chosen to replace Kiffin

Raiders offensive line coach Tom Cable has been chosen as the successor to Lane Kiffin, Oakland’s new head coach.

The 43-year-old Cable is the Atlanta Falcons former offensive line coach. Cable also was offensive coordinator at UCLA in 2004-2005 under Karl Dorrell. He also has been a head coach at the University of Idaho, his alma mater, from 2000-2003, when he compiled an 11-35 record before being replaced.

Now there’s an interesting twist to this story — as there usually is with the Raiders.

Cable is a disciple of former Raiders offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, whom Oakland owner Al Davis once fired and refused to pay as well. Gibbs took Davis to court, the case went to arbitration and Gibbs won, though it’s not believed that Gibbs collected his money.

But Cable is expected to be named the replacement today, when Mr. Davis addresses the media at 5 ET.

Tom Cable’s coaching career:

2007 — Raiders, Offensive Line
2006 — Falcons, Offensive Line
2004-05 — UCLA, Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line
2000-03 — Idaho, Head Coach
1999 — Colorado, Offensive Coordinator
1998 — Colorado, Offensive Line
1992-97 — California, Offensive Line
1991 — UNLV, Offensive Line
1990 — Cal State Fullerton, Defensive Line
1989 — San Diego State, Graduate Assistant
1987-88 —┬áIdaho, Graduate Assistant

Played four years at Idaho, three as a starting guard, and spent one season with the Indianapolis Colts (did not play) before beginning his coaching career.

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