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ConwayGamecock
07-24-2010, 05:01 PM
Pola leaves Titans for USC; Fisher upset with Kiffin

By Jim Wyatt • THE TENNESSEAN • July 24, 2010

The Titans lost their running backs coach on Saturday, and Coach Jeff Fisher isn’t happy with former Tennessee Vols coach Lane Kiffin about it.

Fisher said Kiffin, now head coach at Southern Cal, never contacted him as he tried to convince Kennedy Pola to join his coaching staff. On Saturday morning, Pola accepted a position as offensive coordinator at USC, leaving the Titans without a running backs coach a week before training camp.

“I am very disappointed in Lane Kiffin’s approach to this,’’ Fisher said. “Typically speaking when coaches are interested in hiring or discussing potential employment from coaches on respective staffs there is a courtesy call made from the head coach or athletic director indicating there is an interest in talking to the assistant.

“So I am very disappointed in the lack of professionalism on behalf of Lane, to call me and leave me a voice mail after Kennedy had informed me he had taken the job. It is just a lack of professionalism.’’

The controversial Kiffin left Tennessee after just one season to become USC’s head coach.

In January, Fisher hired Pola after firing Earnest Byner. The move raised some eyebrows, especially after Titans running back Chris Johnson led the NFL with 2,006 rushing yards in 2009. But Fisher said he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to hire Pola, who had an expiring contract with the Jaguars.

After his name was linked to the USC job earlier this month, Pola indicated he had no plans to leave. Pola worked previously at USC, and was a player there as well.

“I really enjoy Nashville and being with (Coach) Jeff Fisher and the leadership here, the management,” Pola told The Tennessean earlier this month. “It's really been a new sense of energy.”

Pola could not be reached for comment on Saturday. He told Fisher on Friday evening he was considering taking the job at USC, and on Saturday morning told him he’d made the decision to leave.

“As far as Kennedy is concerned, he is a fine coach and was a great addition to our staff. I am disappointed on one hand that he is leaving, but I can’t fault anybody from having an opportunity like he has. This is a chance for him to coordinate and financially it was an attractive package,’’ Fisher said. “So I can’t fault Kennedy for that. But I can express my disappointment in his lack of commitment. Kennedy is a fine ball coach, the timing is just a little unusual, a week before training camp.’’

Fisher said he’d heard rumors from the “coaching grapevine” that Kiffin had been trying to recruit Pola, but thought he would have heard from USC, where Fisher played in college.

“I’ve always gotten a courtesy call from a head coach or athletic director in the past, but that wasn’t the case,’’ Fisher said. “I don’t know (Lane) well, so I am not going to pass judgement on his character. But I am surprised.’’’

Fisher said he plans to fill Pola’s spot by someone already on staff.

Dowell Loggains, the team’s quality control assistant since 2008, is one strong possibility. Loggains is one of the rising stars on the staff, and in previous years other teams have inquired about hiring him off the Titans’ staff. Assistant special teams coach Marty Galbraith is also believed to be a candidate.

Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger is also expected to be more involved in the position.

The Titans begin training camp on July 31.

“I am going to fill the position from within. I am not going to go outside,’’ Fisher said. “We have some different options and some coaches who are capable. And it is late, so it is highly unlikely I’ll go outside.’’

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100724/SPORTS01/100724009/2215/SPORTS/Kennedy+Pola+leaves+Titans+for+USC

:lol::rotf:

ConwayGamecock
07-24-2010, 05:22 PM
Oops...sorry......we have a "Non-SEC Football" forum, and we have a "Around the NCAA (Non-SEC)" forum, and I didn't notice this was already posted there.....


:)

PiggoBitttys
07-24-2010, 05:30 PM
Wow, Dowell Loggains, pretty sure that's the same Dowell Loggains that was a player at Arkansas (well he regularly was the holder, but he only played in like one game at Arkansas at any other position).

Kiffen can't stop from screwing with Tennessee I guess.

ConwayGamecock
07-24-2010, 05:37 PM
Wow, Dowell Loggains, pretty sure that's the same Dowell Loggains that was a player at Arkansas (well he regularly was the holder, but he only played in like one game at Arkansas at any other position).

Kiffen can't stop from screwing with Tennessee I guess.

Yeah, and Fisher is a SoCal Alumn, no less........

socalwildcat
07-24-2010, 10:07 PM
Lame Kiffin lasts one year under Haden. Good bye and good riddance. Wish you had stayed at Tennessee

Just Some Hog Dude
07-24-2010, 11:03 PM
Wow, Dowell Loggains, pretty sure that's the same Dowell Loggains that was a player at Arkansas (well he regularly was the holder, but he only played in like one game at Arkansas at any other position).

Kiffen can't stop from screwing with Tennessee I guess.

...disciple of your old good buddy.

PiggoBitttys
07-24-2010, 11:10 PM
Now who's hung up??? ;)

joehogjoe
07-25-2010, 04:14 PM
why do people even care about Kiffin, he's gone.

msudawgs1964
07-25-2010, 10:47 PM
why do people even care about Kiffin, he's gone.

ha, I did not even care about him when he was not gone. Biggest goober in sports.