July 26, 2010 |
The Lane Kiffin era at USC is off to a litigious start. The Tennessee Titans on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Trojans' first-year coach and USC over the hiring of Titans assistant Kennedy Pola as offensive coordinator. The lawsuit, filed in Tennessee's Davidson County Chancery court, accuses Kiffin and USC of "maliciously" intending to induce Pola to breach his contract with the Titans. Pola, a former USC fullback and assistant who spent the last five seasons working for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was hired in January as running backs coach by Titans Coach Jeff Fisher.
August 15, 2010 |
Kennedy Pola's return to USC has been anything but uneventful. Before he arrived on the eve of training camp, Pola's move from running backs coach for the Tennessee Titans to offensive coordinator and running backs coach for the Trojans triggered a lawsuit by the NFL team against USC Coach Lane Kiffin and the university. A few days into camp, fullback Stanley Havili made headlines when Kiffin revealed that cornerback T.J. Bryant had cheekbone surgery for injuries suffered in a precamp altercation with the senior, who was suspended for one day. And last week, freshman tailback Dillon Baxter was suspended for the season opener against Hawaii for violating team rules.
July 30, 2010
Less than a week after Pat Haden is named athletic director of USC and claims, "We're going to have a culture of compliance" and "I don't think we're going to have a problem with compliance with Lane," the school and its football coach are sued by the Tennessee Titans. It reminds one of the old Talking Heads song, "Once in a Lifetime," whose chorus went, "Same as it ever was, same as it ever was." Glenn M. Langdon Garden Grove Even with all of Pat Haden's degrees and scholastic honors, he'll still need a course in ballistics to contain a loose cannon like Lane Kiffin.
December 12, 1985
USC running back Fred Crutcher and nose guard Tony Colorito will undergo surgery next week and will not play in the Aloha Bowl game Dec. 28 against Alabama at Honolulu. Crutcher will have calcium deposits removed from his left shoulder, while Colorito will have an operation to repair a left ankle ligament injured in the game against Stanford. Meanwhile, the Trojans announced that junior safety Tim McDonald had been chosen the team's most valuable player for 1985.
February 23, 2013 |
USC Coach Lane Kiffin on Saturday officially announced the addition of three new assistants and the promotion of quarterbacks coach Clay Helton to offensive coordinator. The news release sent out by USC did not address whether Kiffin would give up play-calling duties. "I am excited to have completed the reconstruction of our staff," Kiffin said in a statement. "It was a very exhaustive and thorough process. " Helton will continue to coach quarterbacks as the Trojans transition from four-year starter Matt Barkley to sophomores Max Wittek or Cody Kessler or freshman Max Browne.
November 20, 2009 |
The last time Los Angeles saw them together, USC's Reggie Bush was a superstar, and UCLA's Maurice Jones-Drew (whose surname was then simply Drew) was an afterthought. Bush was the Lakers, Jones-Drew the Clippers. Bush was Hollywood, Jones-Drew was Westwood. On Dec. 3, 2005, when USC delivered a 66-19 crosstown thrashing at the Coliseum, Bush finished with 260 yards and, essentially, the Heisman Trophy. Jones-Drew had a respectable by unremarkable 84 yards and a touchdown.