Wednesday, April 6, 2011
USC, Kiffin and Tennessee Titans settle
By Ted Miller
One half of USC coach Lane Kiffin's Tennessee feudin' is over.
Kiffin, USC and the Tennessee Titans have settled their differences. The Titans last July filed a lawsuit against Kiffin and USC for interfering with the contract of running backs coach Kennedy Pola, who was hired to be the Trojans running backs coach.
Most observers (perhaps it was just me) believed the Titans were acting like big babies -- litigious and disingenuous ones at that -- so it's nice to put this to bed.
Here's a joint statement from USC and the Titans on the matter:
"We are pleased to be able to conclude a mutually satisfactory arrangement between the University of Southern California and the Tennessee Titans that concludes the litigation involving the hiring of Kennedy Pola. The settlement terms are private, but include opportunities for both parties to avoid future disagreements and disputes over employment of persons who are already employed by either party. With this amicable resolution, the Tennessee Titans and the University of Southern California have restored their long-time mutual relationship, and anticipate that the suit will be dismissed within the next few weeks."
Kiffin continues to have his NCAA issues based on his brief but colorful tenure coaching the Tennessee Volunteers, who volunteered Kiffin as their fall guy for rules violations.