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Reports: USC’s OC will not return for 2013 season

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(Writer’s note: Yes, we know Lane Kiffin calls the plays. Yes, he’s pictured to the right. Sorry to give anyone any false hope.) 

Two days after Signing Day, USC’s coaching staff is undergoing more changes. Reportedly.

USCFootball.com (of the Rivals.com family) reported Friday night that Trojans offensive coordinator and running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu will not be retained by Kiffin. Bruce Feldman of CBSSports was later able to confirm that Polamalu was indeed let go.

The Rivals report goes on to say that the move had been in the works for about the past month. USC signed 12 recruits on Wednesday and was ranked as the 13th-best class in the country. That group consisted of five five-star players and seven four-star players.

Polamalu had just completed his third season with the Trojans after spending six years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also coached at USC as an assistant from 2000-04, and played with the team as a fullback/linebacker from 1982-85. In 2012, USC had arguably one of the most talented offenses in all of college football with the likes of Matt Barkley, Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, among many others, but the Trojans finished sixth in the Pac-12 in scoring and fifth in total offense.

While USC has not confirmed the report, Polamalu would be the fourth assistant to leave USC recently, along with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, linebacker coach Scottie Hazelton and defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders.

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24 Responses to “Reports: USC’s OC will not return for 2013 season”
  1. mshassen2015 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:00 PM

    If Lane calls the plays shouldnt he be the one going..

  2. Deb says: Feb 8, 2013 10:13 PM

    Thanks for the note, Ben, because the headline did throw me LOL

    I remember the brouhaha with the Jeff Fisher when Kiffen hired Polamalu after he’d already made a verbal commitment to the Titans. Fisher sued USC, claiming Kiffen was guilty of illegal tampering. Man, when Jeff Fisher calls you out for being dirty … that’s bad. Hope the time spent at USC acting as a figurehead for Kiffen was worth it for Troy’s uncle. Since Fisher wound up being fired at Tennessee, he probably wouldn’t have done any better there.

  3. canetic says: Feb 8, 2013 11:10 PM

    And of course right after signing day. You stay classy Lane Kiffin.

  4. kozbee says: Feb 8, 2013 11:16 PM

    I wonder if the Southern Cal fans are beginning to feel what the Knoxville fans felt before Lane ran off into the night,imo its comin..

  5. hotlantalaw says: Feb 8, 2013 11:31 PM

    USC: a program in shambles

  6. tommy57 says: Feb 9, 2013 12:19 AM

    Given USC’s breathtaking fall last season, it’s only reasonable to make a few coaching changes; however, I would have started from the top down.

  7. rsmeans says: Feb 9, 2013 12:20 AM

    Best he was let go by USC in his own interest. The dirty losing program at USC will never change as long as Haden and Kiffin are there. All of their assistants will be shunned by the NFL and other college teams. Birds of a feather flock together mentality.

  8. vols84 says: Feb 9, 2013 1:24 AM

    The boat is taking on a lot of water. It’s time for Pat Hayden to sink that ship.

  9. losanginsight says: Feb 9, 2013 1:29 AM

    SC needs to get Chucky in LA asap.

  10. jimbo75025 says: Feb 9, 2013 3:03 AM

    kozbee says:
    Feb 8, 2013 11:16 PM
    I wonder if the Southern Cal fans are beginning to feel what the Knoxville fans felt before Lane ran off into the night,imo its comin..
    ——–

    When he was pulling his crap at UT before he left, most UT fans looked at him like someone who had said an off color joke loudly at a black tie party. Quite simply, they did not know whether to laugh or cry. Nonetheless, he has been the gift that keeps on giving for UT football-NCAA sanctions and basically two lost recruiting classes (Fulmers last class which he ran off for the most part plus his sole class which mostly ended up in jail).

    Part of me wants to hug USC in the way someone would when they have hit rock bottom. The rest (90% or so) just wants to slap them for having the hubris to make that fire in the first place.

  11. cranespy says: Feb 9, 2013 4:15 AM

    Exposed……..Kiffin is nearing the end…….Boy Wonder is about ready to cash out. Flaming out at one of the pillar programs in all of NCAA football. Look for him in 14 as an assistant at a D2 or FCS school…..c’mon Pat you owe it to the alum….there are far better options than this egomaniac.

  12. skipcastaneda says: Feb 9, 2013 4:31 AM

    Lane Kiffin represents everything thats wrong with sports. Greedy, self-absorbed, throws others under the bus. Plus he’s a CUNT!?

  13. omniusprime says: Feb 9, 2013 8:46 AM

    I hope that all of these coaching changes work out for a better season for USC. If not then the next coaching change needs to be saying goodbye to Lane Kiffin. We expect national championships and Rose Bowls Lane and so far you haven’t produced. Good to see a good recruiting class, now hopefully that will translate into a much better season the next few years.

    Go Trojans!!!

  14. loadofwashmother says: Feb 9, 2013 11:17 AM

    Classy move , after the kids signed
    Wow impressive

  15. pdcooper08 says: Feb 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    Sorry to hear your leaving Kennedy. You have and always will be a Trojan. You should be the last guy that gets let go. Your players loved playing for you. In fact, I was hoping when Haden does make the move, that you would have been given a serious look to take over. Not sure what happened here with LK but you weren’t the problem. Keep your head up, your a good man.

  16. cometkazie says: Feb 9, 2013 11:45 AM

    Oh, U$C.

    I thought you were talking about USC.

    Y’know, the ranked one.

  17. eidolon21 says: Feb 9, 2013 12:25 PM

    The problems at U$C are much greater than LK
    They have a history of blatant cheating in multiple sports that PC and the former AD took to the extreme. U$C needs to clean house including PH. They wont be good on the national level for years and 2012 proves this beyond a doubt. They will lose 4 or 5 games a year till they wipe the programs clean. JG is their only hope

  18. sisqsage says: Feb 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    The move was announced now because you don’t can your OC before the top recruits in your class sign on the dotted line.

  19. tttrojan4life says: Feb 9, 2013 5:57 PM

    Haters gonna hate! Fight On!!!!!!!!!!!! SC Forever!! !!!!!!

  20. mcgillicutty49er says: Feb 9, 2013 6:01 PM

    Lame won’t leave in the middle of the night like he did at Tennessee. He knows this is the end of the road for his storied coaching! He’ll go down as probably the third or forth best 7-6 coach ever…They’ll have to drag him out of his office when he gets canned!!!

  21. jkaflagg says: Feb 9, 2013 9:55 PM

    Obviously USC has some issues, but…..if you watched them last season, you saw a lot of players who passed the eyeball test, most of whom (including Marquise Lee) are coming back; plus a recruiting class with 5 5-star and 7 4-star guys is pretty impressive despite the defections….if Kiffin is coaching this year to save his job, he sure seems to have the resources to do it; I think it’s just as likely that they’ll win 9-1o games as it is they will fall apart, especially if Lane cuts out the stupid stuff (spats with the press, deflated balls, number changes during games etc.)….

  22. tttrojan4life says: Feb 9, 2013 11:37 PM

    SC will be just fine. Lane will improve. 10-11 wins.

  23. billmead1976 says: Feb 10, 2013 2:13 AM

    Rumor is Tedford the next OC.

  24. cosanostra71 says: Feb 10, 2013 7:43 PM

    I’m still struggling to understand the dislike of Pat Haden on here.

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