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January 20, 2010
Fassel denies interview with Raiders

Jim Fassel has denied interviewing with the Raiders, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. Fassel spoke with radio host Gary Williams on SIRIUS XM's "The First Word."

A transcript of the conversation:

Gary Williams: "The whole Oakland Raider thing right now, your name has been mentioned. Explain to people how this works. Does your agent's phone ring? Does your agent immediately reach out when an opening happens? What's the process like for guys who want jobs at your level in the NFL?"

Jim Fassel: "Well, Gary, there's all different approaches. Everybody takes a different approach. I've said for a while I'm not out pursuing jobs. I like what I'm doing. I mean, I really enjoy what I'm doing. I'm taking the approach that if somebody wants to talk to me, if they're interested in me, then they know how to get a hold of me. And I've talked to my agent about that. If something came along that was really exciting and it looked like it was going to be a good situation and all that then I'd be interested in talking to them. Other than that, I'm in a situation right now where I really enjoy what I'm doing. So if a team wants to talk to me - and I get calls from colleges and different things throughout the years and decide whether I want to do this or do that. But right now this is exciting for me. They named all the head coaches. We're the general manager and the head coach and running our own franchises. I've just enjoyed it. So I have not been out telling [my agent] start trying to find out if I can get in on this job or that job. If somebody's interested and they think I fit the bill of what they're looking for then we can talk."

Williams: "The Tom Cable thing, there's a lot of vagaries around this. Has there been anybody who has reached out to you regarding that position potentially?"

Fassel: "No. Because, I mean, Tom Cable's the coach. He is the coach there and that'll answer part of the question you asked me before. I think if a coach is in place you don't start calling somebody and seeing if the job is open or not. Tom Cable is the coach. My son happens to be the special teams coordinator for the Raiders and they played very well this year. They set an NFL record, an all-time record, of net punt [yards] and gross punt [yards] this year. So I follow the Raiders pretty closely because my son is coaching there and I coached there at one time. But, no, I'm not lobbying for any job. I'm not lobbying for the Raider job. I have never in my life rooted for a coach to be let go so there's an opening. I never have. I'm in the same fraternity. I just got my nose to the grindstone. I'm down here in Vegas working on getting situated down here and that's where I am. Nobody's reached out to me."

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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