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July 27, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
He answers the phone while packing up boxes in his leased Nashville home, a controversial boss beckoning, a lawsuit swirling, probation waiting. And all Kennedy Pola can do is talk old-fashioned USC football. "We're gonna put our foot in the ground and go," he says. All Kennedy Pola can do is talk Marv Goux. "He taught me Trojan tradition, he taught me Trojan family," he says. All Kennedy Pola can do is talk change. "I want us to do things the way we used to do them," he says.
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February 23, 2013 | By Gary Klein
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.
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July 24, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Kennedy Pola is returning to USC's coaching staff, but the hiring of the popular assistant by Coach Lane Kiffin did not sit well with a former NFL colleague and USC alum. Pola, about to begin training camp as the running backs coach for the Tennessee Titans, was hired Saturday as USC's offensive coordinator. Pola replaces running backs coach Todd McNair, a central figure in the NCAA investigation that resulted in major sanctions against USC. Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, a former USC player, was not pleased with the way Kiffin handled the pursuit of Pola, who was hired by the Titans in January after five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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August 15, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC took Monday off from practice, but players still attended meetings in preparation for their Sept. 3 opener against Minnesota. That gave USC's running backs coach another chance to quiz and encourage his charges. "I've finally got the [meeting] room the way I always had it," the coach formerly known as Kennedy Pola said last week. Much has changed since the former Trojans fullback returned to USC in 2010 for his second stint as an assistant coach. His name, for one. It won't be official until all of the legal paperwork he initiated has been processed, but he already is listed as Kennedy Polamalu in the school's 2011 media guide.
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July 26, 2010 | By Gary Klein
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.
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August 15, 2010 | By Gary Klein
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.
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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.
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February 23, 2013 | By Gary Klein
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.
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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.
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September 2, 1991
1990 RECORDS OVERALL LEAGUE 7-6 3-1 COACH RECORD AT SCHOOL Bruce Rollinson 14-10 RETURNING STARTERS OFF DEF 4 6 TOP RETURNERS OFF DEF YR Brian Barajas, 5-8, 170 WR DB Sr. Billy Blanton, 6-2, 195 QB -- Sr. Brian Broadbent, 5-9, 155 PK -- Sr. Josh Coggins, 6-0, 240 -- DT Sr. Jason Gonzalez, 6-1, 250 -- DT Sr. Jose Gonzalez, 6-1, 240 OG DT Sr. John Grootegoed, 6-1, 280 OT DT Sr. David Knuff, 6-3, 205 TE LB Sr. Jeff Kuhn, 6-5, 205 FB LB Sr. Roger Morante, 5-11, 155 WR -- Sr.
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April 6, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Point guard Kyrie Irving is leaving Duke after one season to make himself available for the NBA draft. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement issued Wednesday by the school that Irving plans to hire an agent, ending his college career. Irving played only 11 games and sat out roughly two-thirds of the season because of an injured big toe on his right foot. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists for top-seeded Duke, which was upset by Arizona in the West Regional semifinals.
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January 24, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
The Cincinnati Bengals aren't willing to trade Carson Palmer , who wants to leave one of the NFL's least successful franchises while he's still in his prime. Owner Mike Brown said Monday that the 31-year-old quarterback asked for a trade a little more than a week ago. Brown told Palmer the team wouldn't trade him because he's central to its plans. Palmer hasn't talked to the media since making his trade request. A text message seeking comment wasn't returned. Agent David Dunn released a statement saying that "because of the lack of success that Carson and the Bengals have experienced together, Carson strongly feels that a separation between him and the Bengals would be in the best interest of both parties.
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November 18, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC's Chris Galippo knows that his third consecutive start at middle linebacker will be his toughest. Oregon State junior Jacquizz Rodgers is the Pacific 10 Conference's third-leading rusher. "Being the middle linebacker, you take it upon yourself to really shut down the run game," Galippo said Thursday. USC failed to slow Rodgers in two previous games. As a freshman in 2008, Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns in 37 carries as the Beavers upset the top-ranked Trojans, 27-21, at Corvallis, Ore. Last season, he gained 113 yards and scored twice in a 42-36 USC victory at the Coliseum.
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October 18, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Marc Tyler is wild about the wildcat. USC's junior tailback never thought much about taking direct snaps and running with the ball, but he has embraced the opportunity since the Trojans unveiled their version of the wildcat Oct. 2 against Washington. And he flourished in the formation during the Trojans' 48-14 rout of California on Saturday. "The wildcat got me going," said Tyler, who ran for 79 yards and scored a touchdown in seven carries. "I love the wildcat. It's great.
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September 30, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Just about all the quarterback talk at USC this week centered on Washington's Jake Locker and how he was expected to put his last performance behind him when the Trojans play the Huskies on Saturday at the Coliseum. Matt Barkley hopes to do the same. USC's quarterback ranks 14th nationally and second in the Pacific 10 Conference in passing efficiency, but the sophomore has had two passes intercepted in each of the last two games. Those mistakes, Barkley acknowledged, could result in defeat if the pattern continues.
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September 22, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Allen Bradford used to claim that he needed multiple carries in succession, that being revved up would make him a more productive running back for USC. Not anymore. "Just give me one carry and that's going to spark the flame," Bradford said Tuesday. Bradford's breakout performance against Minnesota last week has reignited the tailback competition at USC, which plays its Pacific 10 Conference opener Saturday at Washington State. Bradford, a fifth-year senior, is pushing to unseat junior Marc Tyler as the starter while freshman Dillon Baxter also is angling for a larger role.
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July 15, 1989 | TIM BROWN, Times Staff Writer
How is it that a guy who never relinquished so much as a yard in his final three seasons as a Pacific 10 Conference fullback, can't stop giving now? Doesn't want to stop, for that matter? Kennedy Pola, who was born the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, is a giver like Don King is a talker, like Donald Trump is a spender; his time, his knowledge, his self. When Jim Benkert was hired recently as Westlake High's football coach, he went home and dialed a phone number: Kennedy Pola's.
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October 23, 2001 | David Wharton and \f7
Coach Pete Carroll and his special teams coordinator, Kennedy Pola, shed more light Monday on the botched punt that proved critical in last weekend's loss at Notre Dame. The play, called "rugby," is designed to help punter Mike MacGillivray avoid a rush by having him roll out before kicking the ball. It also leaves him the option of running for a first down, but Pola insisted "it's not a fake, it's a protection." USC had been working on the play all season.
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August 31, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
The practice field looks half empty. The sidelines are nearly bare. A USC football team has never seemed more alone. "It doesn't feel like the old days, that's for sure," assistant coach Kennedy Pola says. "It's just us out here, trying to get tougher, trying to get better. " The howling is muffled. The hitting is careful. The players enter the facility after touching a giant yellow sign reading "Lock In," then everything locks down. "We've been hearing a lot of stuff for a long time," assistant coach Ed Orgeron says.
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August 15, 2010 | By Gary Klein
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.
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