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Raiders set to begin interview process for head coach

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The search for the next coach of the Oakland Raiders is about to ramp up.

Raiders owner Mark Davis told Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News on Tuesday night that he plans to start interviewing head-coaching candidates next week. Davis will begin talks on Monday and Tuesday when assistant coaches with playoff teams are allotted time.

Davis is making it clear he'll have a more hands-on approach in the hiring process this time around. General manager Reggie McKenzie was given complete control of the process that led to the hiring of Dennis Allen. The Raiders fired Allen in September after two-plus seasons and an 8-28 record. Tony Sparano, who has served as interim coach since Week 5, is considered one of the candidates for the full-time job.

As for McKenzie, Davis told Kawakami that his general manager will be involved in the coaching search. Davis did note, however, that everyone in the organization is being evaluated following Oakland's third consecutive season with at least 12 losses.

The big name connected to the job right now is Jim Harbaugh, who will almost certainly part ways with the 49ers next week. Citing the league's tampering rules, Davis declined to comment on Harbaugh, who fits the "rock star" qualifications that Davis is looking for.

Rock stars wear khakis, too, you know.

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