Titans' lawsuit caught Kiffin, Pola by surprise

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 11:04pm
Staff reports

Lane Kiffin said he was surprised by the lawsuit filed by the Tennessee Titans against him and the University of Southern California, and Kennedy Pola, whose decision to leave the Titans’ coaching staff for a position at USC, said Jeff Fisher wished him well once he made his decision.

The reaction of the two key figures in the legal action initiated Monday by the Titans was detailed Tuesday by The Orange County Register.

Kiffin, the former University of Tennessee coach, said his hiring of Pola as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator “was done no differently than any we did at SC or Tennessee.

“I didn't anticipate this. No one would have.”

Pola was hired by the Titans in January to be their running backs coach, He announced Saturday he accepted the position on Kiffin’s staff.

Pola, according to the report, told a Los Angeles radio show that Fisher “was excited for me about the opportunity to come back and help USC.”


5 Comments on this post:

By: gkyc5stars on 7/27/10 at 11:01

I thought NFL ask the asst coach to take a pay cut almost at 50%. That is the main reason coach Pola take the USC jog. Please check the facts first.

By: Jagman on 7/28/10 at 6:24

Pola signed a contract with the Titans. If he couldn't read he should have retained a lawyer. Enough said!

By: dangerlover on 7/28/10 at 8:01

gkyc5stars, You should check your own facts. The only pay cut that has been discussed is in the (unlikely) event of a lockout, and it was 25%, and they would get paid for doing no work. And check your spelling next time, too.

By: govskeptic on 7/28/10 at 1:57

I see some liability possible to Pola and his contract, but don't
think USC has to ask anyone for permission outside the NCAA
or their conference about hirings. Kiffin is a speed horse attempting to get to the finish line without knowing the course
or track to get there.

By: bart37064 on 7/28/10 at 2:25

Here's an example of over-paid jocks not understanding legalities or common sense.