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Raiders fire head coach Kiffin

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Oakland Raiders fired embattled head coach Lane Kiffin on Tuesday after weeks of speculation over his future.

Raiders owner Al Davis said he fired the 33-year-old Kiffin for “cause” and that he would not pay the remainder his contract. Kiffin has been replaced on an interim basis by Tom Cable, the team’s offensive line coach.

Davis told a news conference he informed Kiffin “he couldn’t go on much longer with what I would call the propaganda, the lying, that had been going on for weeks and months. And a year. And time.”

Kiffin, who became the youngest coach in the NFL when he was hired last year at the age of 31, compiled a 5-15 record in charge of the Raiders.

The situation between Kiffin, Davis and some of the coaches turned into a weekly war of words and the mercurial owner said he had had enough.

Davis accused Kiffin of “lying and bringing disgrace to the organization.”

Oakland are 1-3 this year and tied for last place in the AFC West. The Raiders have a bye this week and will play next on October 12 at New Orleans.

Kiffin has $3.5 million left on his contract, which runs through the 2009-2010 season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

After Sunday’s 28-18 loss to the San Diego Chargers, Davis said: “The best thing I could do to get this thing back was to make a change.

“It hurts because I picked the guy. I picked the wrong guy.”

In a brief interview broadcast on the NFL Network, Kiffin said he was “disappointed” over the firing.

“I feel good about where our players are,” he said. “We left this team a lot better than when we got here. They’re going to win a lot of games.”

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Ed Osmond)