Kennedy Polamalu and Lane Kiffin reportedly got into fight before bowl game

Kennedy PolamaluThe recent firing of running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu by USC head coach Lane Kiffin came as a surprise to most people. Kennedy was the only former Trojan player on staff, and he was considered to be a top recruiter. Though his job title listed him as offensive coordinator, that position was held mostly in name since Kiffin called the plays. But it sounds like Polamalu clashed with Kiffin, leading to his dismissal.

The Daily News’ Scott Wolf reported late Friday evening that the two had a “heated argument” on Dec. 29, two days before the team’s 21-7 Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech. Wolf described the incident as a “fallout.”

Kiffin kept Polamalu on staff through national signing day Feb. 6, but he was fired two days later. Wolf says Polamalu learned of his firing by reading the news on the Internet, and that Kiffin never called him. Wolf quotes a source who says that Kiffin may have felt threatened by Polamalu’s outspoken nature.

Since we do not know what happened between the two, it’s hard to say whether the firing was justified. Based on his recruiting success — Polamalu was instrumental in USC offering a scholarship to star wide receiver Marqise Lee — it seems strange that he would be fired. It also feels wrong that Polamalu read about his firing and still hasn’t heard from Kiffin.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LFHZJGW4Y6KIH725OXU2FN6V3A Joel

    Could be Polamalu was fired because he coached 5’6″ Curtis McNeal into a 1,000 yard rusher in 2011 and averaged 6.0 ypc in 2012, despite Kiffin’s insistence on playing other backs until injured when McNeal practically got his carries by default.  Still remember Curtis knocking Manti Teo on his ass in the 2011 game.

    Talking about knocking on asses, Kennedy should have kicked Kiffin’s from El Paso to Juarez.

    Larry, anything to the rumor that Kiffin was sauced off his gord the night before the Sun Bowl?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Ha, nope, haven’t heard anything on that. But it was pretty evident he didn’t want to be there.

  • SpinMax

    it can only get worse from here

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikewill91 Mike Williams

    SS Kiffin = sinking ship!!

  • caedenboy

    Sun glasses and a hoody – nice look “what an idiot”!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LFHZJGW4Y6KIH725OXU2FN6V3A Joel

    Kennedy landed a haymaker and Kiffy whas covering up the shiner?

  • http://profiles.google.com/pudbertsavannahga Mort Leith

    Kiffin is and always WILL be a PUNK,,, just ask Tenn.

    He is so full of himself,, and isn’t squat as a coach….

  • John Johnson

    Lane Kiffin is a LOSER, we must get rid of him, before he totally tanks the program.