Kennedy Pola, the former Titans assistant coach in the middle of the Jeff Fisher-Lane Kiffin dispute that eventually could end up in a court of law, spoke to the Tennessean today, and in the story, he said Kiffin didn’t recruit him to be the offensive coordinator at Southern California.
Said Pola, who accepted the job Saturday: “I am going to leave that to Jeff and Lane. But he didn’t try and recruit me. I hope I did a good job with (USC) last time and that’s why they wanted me back. But my discussions with Lane, the job offer, money, coordinator, all of that started Friday afternoon and went from there.
“It wasn’t an easy decision on my part. … I tried to do the right thing, and I called Jeff (to keep him informed).”
Fisher, upset that Kiffin courted Pola without so much as a courtesy phone call, and the Titans have filed suit against the former Raiders coach, claiming he induced Pola to breach his contract with Tennessee.
From Jim Wyatt’s story:
Pola said he called all the Titans backs to explain why he’s leaving, reasons which include the opportunity to be a coordinator and step on a faster path to becoming a head coach. He also expressed concern about a potential NFL lockout next year that could reduce the salaries of assistant coaches by as much as 50 percent.
Pola also said he would be able to provide more for his family — he had a one-year contract with the Titans; USC gave him a three-year guaranteed deal, he said. His son, K.C., is expected to walk-on with the Trojans.
“I understand you can’t please everybody,’’ Pola said. “I would have loved to work with the Titans, in Tennessee. I told Chris (Johnson) it would have been fun to watch you chase history and be a part of it. But like I’ve said before … if you can tell me who coached Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton, who their running backs coaches were, then you’d be pretty good. People don't know, but people know who their offensive coordinators were.
“It is a risk for me, I know that. And I loved it here in Tennessee, the people have been great, Jeff has been great. I loved the NFL. But having offensive coordinator attached to my name, that’s a great opportunity for me.’’
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