Kennedy Pola’s time as Tennessee Titans’ running backs coach amounted to little more than a summer internship. Saturday, he went back to college after just several months on the job.
Pola, hired in January after five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, accepted an offer from Lane Kiffin to become offensive coordinator at USC. The timing and the process of the move drew harsh criticism from Titans’ coach Jeff Fisher, who was particularly critical of what he considered Kiffin’s lack of professionalism.
The Titans are scheduled to open training camp at the end of this week.
"This is a great opportunity and promotion for him,” Kiffin said. “He's done an outstanding job wherever he's been in college and the NFL.”
Pola’s experience included a previous stint at USC (2000-03), where he alternately worked as running backs coach and special teams coach. In addition to the Jaguars, he also spent one season with the Cleveland Browns.
With the Titans, he replaced Earnest Byner, who was not retained after two seasons.
“Kennedy is fine coach and I am very much looking forward to working with him to see the contributions that he can add to our staff,” Fisher said when Pola was hired.
Bulluck back in the NFL
Linebacker Keith Bulluck, whose entire 10-year NFL career has been spent with the Titans agreed to a one-year free-agent deal with the New York Giants over the weekend.
The contract reportedly will pay him $2.5 million for the season.