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Karma calls as Tennessee Titans file lawsuit against Kiffin, USC

Well, so much for the goodwill and positive press garnered by USC in the wake of the “retirement” of Mike Garrett as athletic director and the hiring of Pat Haden as his replacement.

As noted Saturday evening, Lane Kiffin hired Tennessee Titans running backs coach Kennedy Pola to become the Trojans’ newest offensive coordinator.  Being this close to the season, Titans head coach and former USC standout Jeff Fisher did not appreciate the pilfering of his coaching staff, saying that he was “very disappointed in the lack of professionalism on Lane’s behalf.”

As an expression of said disappointment, the Titans have decided to sue Kiffin, Pola and his university.

According to The Tennessean, the Titans have filed a lawsuit in Davidson County Chancery Court alleging that Kiffin and USC “maliciously” interfered with Pola’s contract.  Additionally, the NFL club is claiming that Pola breached his contract.

The lawsuit states “as a result of USC and Kiffin’s tortuous conduct, Tennessee (Titans) football has been damaged in an amount proven at trial.” …

According to the lawsuit, “USC and Kiffin maliciously intended to – and did – induce Pola to breach his contract with the Titans.” The lawsuit alleges “USC and Kiffin engaged in improper means in their procedure of the breach and were not legally justified in their actions.” … 

Kiffin and USC’s actions through him were part of a course and pattern of conduct fostered by Kiffin and USC to use improper methods and means to the direct harm and damage of parties to contract, to interfere with an existing contract includes the breach thereof,” the lawsuit reads.

And the hits — literally — just keep on coming for Kiffin & Company.

Financial damages the Titans may be seeking from USC were not identified in the suit and, as noted by the lawyerly Mike Florio of PFT, the club does not appear to be of a mindset to force Pola to remain with the Titans and honor his contract.

Regardless, this is yet another black eye in the three-year head-coaching career of a man who has won a grand total of 12 games — or one win for roughly every five controversies he’s been embroiled in.

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  1. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 26, 2010 6:51 PM

    So its Ok for Fisher to take Chow our OC but we take is running backs coach and there is a problem.
    I think it might be time for USC to buy some land on top of one of the mountains in Tennesee and install a 100ft high middle finger.

  2. tenakeytyrant9 says: Jul 26, 2010 7:26 PM

    your an idiot SoFlaTrojan..the difference is we went through the proper channels and signed chow, not to mention we acquired him in the early part of the offseason. where as yall did nothing of the sort. the way we signed chow was business done in a moral and non-malicious manner..where as yall the complete opposite. this from a guy whos not a ut fan

  3. blitz4848 says: Jul 26, 2010 7:42 PM

    @ SoFlaTrojan
    I think it might be time for USC to buy some land on top of one of the mountains in Tennesee and install a 100ft high middle finger.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    By the time the Trojan family got done sitting on “the 100ft high finger” I think we would have a whole lot of busted Trojans!!!!!!!!!

  4. tryagain says: Jul 26, 2010 7:44 PM

    i’m not a ut fan either, but this lawsuit is the best cackle i’ve gotten all day. karmic paybacks are hell, kiffie.

  5. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 26, 2010 7:48 PM

    tkey,
    Do you call into the Paul Finebaum show and use the name Legend? Maybe we should have USC put dat dare finger right where you can see it.
    This USC vs the state of Tennesee stuff is out of control.

  6. gator_prof says: Jul 26, 2010 8:15 PM

    SoFlaTrojan,
    It is all about how you do business. Fisher contacted USC first to ask about interviewing Chow. Kiffin did not contact the Titans.
    If this was an isolated case of douchebaggary by Kiffy, this might not have happened. Clearly, Kiffy has pissed a bunch of folks off in both the college and pro ranks. Pay back will be multifaceted and distributed over time.
    In order to wipe off the stain of the Bush-Carroll-Garrett era, they need clean out the football program and get a new coach.

  7. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jul 26, 2010 9:20 PM

    So much for Fisher now “understanding” the timeline. Glad Lane cleared that up for him. It’ll be funny if that “timeline” will be used against him in a court of law.

  8. skinny pigeon says: Jul 26, 2010 10:14 PM

    Kiffin sucks.
    Damn I’m glad it’s almost football season.

  9. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 27, 2010 12:27 AM

    Gator Prof,
    They are not suing USC because Kiffin did not give Fisher a courtesy phone call.
    I read some of the lawsuit but started laughing around page 6. I think that was when they brought up the fact that the Vikings had to give Bienemy a pay raise because Kiffin wanted to hire him.
    What is sounds like is they feel Kiffin should not have contacted a coach who was under contract.

  10. mrqtte says: Jul 27, 2010 12:51 AM

    Kiffin and USC are the joke of the NCAA. Too bad the alums have to suffer through this continual nightmare of a coach.

  11. harloeisdead says: Jul 27, 2010 4:04 AM

    I’ll bet Tennessee goes to a better bowl game.

  12. gator_prof says: Jul 27, 2010 7:07 AM

    SoFlaTrojan,
    Re:”What is sounds like is they feel Kiffin should not have contacted a coach who was under contract.”
    Yes, that is what I meant about contacting the Titans. They needed to request permission first, which is a standard operating procedure in the NFL. You always read about this happening and teams negotiating compensation for a coach of value.

  13. Ollie says: Jul 27, 2010 7:54 AM

    Kiffin and USC deserve each other.

  14. DCroz says: Jul 27, 2010 8:01 AM

    SoFlaTrojan:
    Do you call into the Paul Finebaum show and use the name Legend? Maybe we should have USC put dat dare finger right where you can see it.
    ————————————-
    LOL! Wow, never thought I’d see you give me this kind of laugh. I’m sure that Finebaum will appreciate the free plug! :-)
    And as a ‘Bama fan, may I say that Legend can get carried away, but Shane from Centerpoint makes even me cringe whenever he comes on with his babble.

  15. Cubano says: Jul 27, 2010 8:08 AM

    I hope Kiffin gets nailed on this one! Douche bag, jerkwad!

  16. ndl83 says: Jul 27, 2010 8:09 AM

    The Titans should have also asked for an INJUNCTION keeping Pola from coaching for USC until after the Judge had an opportunity to hear both sides of the case at a hearing (which probably wouldn’t take place until mid-September).

  17. Jagdbaer says: Jul 27, 2010 9:45 AM

    If douche-lord Kiffin did do this behind Pat Haden’s back, it’ll be interesting how the director and the university will deal with this.

  18. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 27, 2010 10:35 AM

    DCroz,
    Thats funny I was hoping someone on this board got the reference and figured it would be a Bama fan since its kind of a homer show.
    I listened to Legend go off on the reporter from the Orlando Sentinel who wrote the article about Bama being the dirtiest program in CFB. I almost crashed my car I was laughing so hard.
    One of the many quotes from Legend to the Orlando Sentinel reporter, “you must be a twin because no one person can be that stupid”
    I also thought the Orlando Sentinel reporter was great sport and didnt back down of his comments.

  19. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2010 11:09 AM

    @ SoFlaTrojan & Bama fans
    This is the blog they were discussing–Mike Bianca of the Orlando wrote:
    “Forget USC–Alabama is the NCAAs most consistent cheater”
    Change Roll Tide to “We Lied”
    Change mascot to a “pig”
    not a very pretty article
    http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_bianchi/2010/07/forget-southern-cal-alabama-is-ncaas-most-consistent-cheater.html#more-2378

  20. Donna says: Jul 27, 2010 3:04 PM

    @ Blitz4848
    Good post of a link that has bias written all over it as the reporter of course is from Florida. Its not suprising that the “gator nation” is still miffed down in the swamp because they just new ya boy Tebow could “get her done”. Pulling the gator’s teeth was not apart of that well laid plan by Myer and his followers, tell me did the dreams of another SEC championship and BCS championship turn into the nightmare on gator street?? I bet so, however it is not uncommon for teams “sitting on top” to become targets. Come on being a gator fan you should know that.
    Whats interesting is the ones that keep trying to label BAMA as being “the dirtiest program” guess that helps you guys sleep at night, but as much as some keep trying to make it stick, we’ve never had a championship stripped from us not BCS nor conference. The “violations” with Jene Jelks a couple of years ago had nothing to do with the the program but Jelks taking gifts that his punk ass ended up blabbing about. He didn’t sustain any punishment because he was already a has been, a wash up and scorned that he didn’t have the career he thought he was entitled too.
    Keep slinging that swamp mud my friend, just hope that some of that dirt don’t fly back on the gators in the shape of Pouncey. As much as you have tried to dispell the possibilities your boys at the NCAA has not shared your sentiment on that situation.

  21. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2010 5:18 PM

    Wow Deb–chill === have a Margarita or 2
    I posted that because SoFlaTrojan talked about it so I posted the entire article…..There was no intent here on disparaging Alabama. I just figured since SFT was talking about bits & pieces of the interview about it I would post the entire article so all could see the entire context. We sure are touchy today…Hmmmm
    You are preaching to the choir. If Florida does something out of line then they deserve to be punished.
    So far nothing on the Pouncy incident.
    (I do personally have photos of Pouncy with wads of 100 $ bills hanging out of his pockets coming out of the DollHouse) but I am holding onto them as there is a bidding war between the Nat Enq & TMZ………
    No mud was slung…U wish U could be in the mud
    LOL :-)

  22. blitz4848 says: Jul 27, 2010 5:31 PM

    Wow —I apologize Deb—I thought that was U on the post and it was Donna—
    SORRYYYYYYYYYY :-( I mucked up

  23. Donna says: Jul 27, 2010 6:07 PM

    @ Blitz4848:
    Sorry I let the teeth show, but you know you was really trying to push my buttons because I think you like a woman who will bat the ball back to you in a fine southern fashion. That would be the reason that you, Deb, and I have such an awesome time plucking feathers on here. Where is Deb anyway, they better not have taken her keyboard!!! The last I saw of her she ripped into some blogger who didn’t realize that he had The tiger by the tail.
    At the time I responded to you my lunch induced narcolepsy had set in and then dammit I dropped my only piece of dark chocolate and well thats just not a good situation. Then I tipped on over to PFT and had to get some folks off my man Brett Favre. Now I’m off to work to comfort the sick folks.
    I apologize if I was tooooooooo abrupt as I know you were only being a “true gator fan”.
    As for the mud, I’m not scared of getting dirty but I’ve never played swamp mud though, that might be worth investigating!!!!!

  24. gator_prof says: Jul 28, 2010 2:35 PM

    Donna,
    Yes, the article was over the top rhetoric wise, but were are the inaccuracies?
    Did Bama get nailed with probation 3 times in recent history? Yes or no?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_Crimson_Tide_football#NCAA_sanctions
    How about the Gators? Didn’t the Gators last get into trouble when Bear disciple Pell (and then Hall) then was running the show? Yes or no?
    I don’t know if I would call Bama the dirtiest program out there, but it isn’t terribly clean as history shows.
    Bama is currently on top of the world with Saban at the helm, but it doesn’t erase the history, both bad and good.

  25. Donna says: Jul 30, 2010 11:21 AM

    @ Gator Prof:
    “Did Bama get nailed with probation 3 times in recent history? Yes or no?”
    If we were in a court of law in front of the jury it would be just that plain as a yes or no answer, however since we’re not and this article is about a coach with questionable leadership in the past and then the spinoff topic of dirtest programs a simple yes or no is not that simple.
    Blitz4848 posted a BIASED article link from a FL reporter that I just can’t help but think was put out to draw the attention off of the gator’s problems on SEC media day. So the term “dirtiest program” would mean that there are multiple “institutional issues”or lack of what?? Yes sir ” lack of institutional control”. This term in my opinion of course and by the accounts of many bloggers means that ADs, coaches, and other leadership are involved or turning a blind eye to the problems. So lets access it shall we:
    1)1993 hit for sanctions because a player (Antonio Langham) signed with an agent before the appropriate day to do so. Not something I’m sure he broadcasted or that the leadership staff had prior knowledge of.
    2) 2000, A Memphis assistant coach claimed a booster from BAMA paid him 50,000.00 to persuade a player to go to BAMA. Lets not leave out Phil Fulmer was all up in this and we’re the only ones at the time standing between Fulmer and a run of SEC titles. BAMA had no prior knowledge of this and again not a situation that the University could control.
    3)Text book infractions, involving not just football but other programs at UA.
    Now the third situation is a hint that the administration particularly the AD should have had knowlege or suspicions of.
    The facts listed above provided to me by your link shows that of the 3 supensions they’ve incurred within the past 20 years, 2 of them were not infractions that the program had knowledge of or was proven that the program grossly ingnored or facilitated in any way.
    If the “Gators” were under the same circumstances I would still say the same that you can’t blame the institution for the acts of others. There again the reason why USC got pounded by the NCAA, they apparently knew about Bush but just thought it easier to ignore.
    If Pouncey is found to be quilty I think UF should not be sanctioned. This is where the NFL if they wanted could lay the hammer down. Forgo his signing bonus or drop his starting pay in his first year as an NFL player. If they handled the problem when they enter the NFL maybe so many NFL players wouldn’t find themselves on the wrong side of the law after they get there.

  26. blitz4848 says: Jul 30, 2010 12:43 PM

    @ Donna
    Nice rebuttal. If Pouncey took the $$$ (it appears he didn’t) the the Gators will & should be
    punished. The extent of which will be the loss of the Sugar bowl $$$ & vacate the win over Cinncinati for using an ineligible player. Pouncey becomes ineligible upon taking the $$$ & the above sanctions are automatic. That would be the extent of the punishment because unless there is involvement of UF employees then there is no LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL.

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