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Sarkisian interviews for Raiders job

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP-CP) — Former CFL quarterback Steve Sarkisian became the first candidate to interview for Oakland Raiders’ head coaching vacancy Monday.

Sarkisian served as the quarterbacks coach at the University of Southern California this year. The 32-year-old was Oakland’s quarterbacks coach in 2004 in between stints at USC.

Sarkisian spent three seasons in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1997 to ’99) before starting his coaching career in 2000 at El Camino Junior College as quarterbacks coach.

He then went to USC, first as an offensive assistant, then as quarterbacks coach.

Former Raiders head coach Art Shell was fired after setting a franchise record for losses in a 2-14 season.

Other potential candidates for the Raiders’ job include defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryan, offensive co-ordinator John Shoop, former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green and former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel.

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