Raiders give 49ers OK to interview Jackson

January 4, 2011, 8:39 pm
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Jan. 4, 2010RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOPaul Gutierrez

The Raiders have confirmed they have given the 49ers permission to interview Hue Jackson for their head coaching vacancy.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera said owner Al Davis gave the cross-bay rivals the go-ahead.

Als very happy to do that, Herrera said Tuesday. He would not stop Hue Jackson from having the opportunity to interview for a head coaching position. He believes in diversity. He didnt need the Rooney Rule to hire Art Shell (in 1989).

Nor for Tom Flores in 1979.

The Raiders giving permission is a formality, since Jackson would be interviewing for a head-coaching position.