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USC officially announces release of offensive coordinator

(Nope, still not talking about Lane Kiffin. Sorry, y’all.) 

Friday night, reports surfaced that USC offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu would not be retained heading into the 2013 season. On Sunday afternoon, Lane Kiffin confirmed as much in a statement released through the university.

“As we continue to evaluate all facets of our program, including the organization of our staff, we made the decision to go in a different direction at this coaching position,” Kiffin said. “Kennedy Polamalu is a good coach, a good person and a good Trojan.  We wish him and his family the best.”

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. He is 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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25 Responses to “USC officially announces release of offensive coordinator”
  1. bigdinla says: Feb 10, 2013 6:40 PM

    Just keep Lane please!

    Signed rest of the NCAA!

  2. soundsofsuccess7 says: Feb 10, 2013 6:42 PM

    Cue Kiffin bashing in 3..2..1..

  3. timh1955 says: Feb 10, 2013 6:48 PM

    Congratulations USC you have the worst coach in all of college football! His way of fixing things is to fire the OC and also fire the DC (his dad) instead of realizing he (Lane Kiffin) is the problem at USC just like he was at every organization he has been associated with. I’m sure every PAC12 team wants Kiffin to stay at USC as long as possible.

  4. mydixienormus says: Feb 10, 2013 7:36 PM

    Serious question, how many games does Lane have to win next year to keep his job?

  5. 410keith says: Feb 10, 2013 7:39 PM


  6. Deb says: Feb 10, 2013 7:53 PM

    Can’t stand Kiffen and am completely bewildered about why USC hired him in the first place. But … I can understand why they’re giving him another year. He had a great 2011 season, despite being limited by sanctions. He seemed to demonstrate, then at least, a good offensive mind. And with so many job openings for coaches in both the NFL and NCAA this year, it’s probably better for Southern Cal to wait until it’s more of a buyer’s market.

    Since most people know Kiffen did the heavy-lifting on offense, I don’t know what scapegoating Kennedy Polamalu gets him. But Lanie is a weasel, and Polamalu knew that when he signed on.

  7. luz56 says: Feb 10, 2013 7:55 PM

    End of the year will be Lane…. No more excuses that it was the assistants. Bye bye Lane. He must be one hell of an interview!

  8. soundsofsuccess7 says: Feb 10, 2013 8:55 PM

    Does everyone realize USC doesn’t play Oregon, Stanford, or UDub next year?

    USC will at worst go 10-3

  9. normtide says: Feb 10, 2013 9:45 PM

    Lane isn’t an awful coach, but something is missing. Idk what it is, but it bubbles out into all these weird scandals. This team oozes talent, just work hard and line up and play football. No need for all the gimmicks.

  10. dawglb says: Feb 10, 2013 9:57 PM

    Getting fired by Lane probably looks GOOD on a resume…(shows you probably disagree with his tactics).

  11. rsmeans says: Feb 10, 2013 10:28 PM

    Most important firing should be Haden and then Kiffin. They have collectively destroyed the great USC program.

  12. chicagoirish23 says: Feb 10, 2013 10:39 PM

    Actually Reggie Bush and Pete Carroll ruined the great Trojan football program by cheating and allowing cheating.

    Haden is a good person who is trying to run a clean program. Something USC fans are not familiar with.

  13. mjrcu says: Feb 10, 2013 10:55 PM

    @soundsofsuccess7 oh yeah, cause its not like USC didnt also lose to teams like Arizona, GT, UCLA, and ND…Your prediction of success is based on not having to play Washington, Oregon, and Stanford? Talk about a fall from grace

  14. soundsofsuccess7 says: Feb 10, 2013 10:57 PM

    Do you know what SC’s record was the previous year, with a healthy, competent QB?

  15. fearthehoody says: Feb 10, 2013 11:14 PM

    Meow! Lame Kitten

  16. cantarguefacts says: Feb 11, 2013 12:09 AM

    Oh thank God!
    There I was last year watching with a smile on my face as USC fell from the top ranks into the Sun Bowl and I found myself wondering, what could the problem be with this team? And, obviously, it was the coordinators. Not the incompetent head coach.

    How did I overlook that?

  17. addict2sport says: Feb 11, 2013 2:20 AM

    For what it’s worth, Stanford plays at USC on Nov 16.

  18. tttrojan4life says: Feb 11, 2013 1:28 PM

    I love all the jealousy! Only SC and Alabama can elicit such blindly ignorant comments.

    Fight On!!!!!

  19. gatorprof says: Feb 11, 2013 2:19 PM


    The fish rots from the head. Aside from his beautiful wife, Lane has zero redeeming qualities.


    Lane was on staff while that was occurring.

  20. timh1955 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:26 PM


    No one in their right mind is jealous of USC as they are terrible! I can see why people are jealous of Alabama as they are undoubtedly the best team with the best coaches in college football…..but not USC!

  21. pdcooper08 says: Feb 11, 2013 6:14 PM

    timhi955, I disagree with you. It’s obvious why theirs so much hate for SC. They did suck in several areas this past season, mostly in the win column. If SC had no relevance in college football, you wouldn’t see the constant bashing of the program the HC and the AD that’s been going on from all over. It’s real easy for others to stand in line and take their shoots right now.
    It’s all good.

    I’m okay with the bashing, it’s earned. Frankly I was not good with the LK hiring and am not happy with how he is using he’s assistants to save his ass for another year. I thought coach Sark at UW would have been a much smarter hire.

    I am a personal friend of Kenndy Pola who just got fired. Not sure yet what the real deal is, but that was undeserved. My opinion, KP should be in line to be looked at as the HC. Unfortunately that won’t be the case, as he doesn’t fit the SC mold that all the old timers, Alums and boosters will be calling for.

    The SC jealous runs deep through the country and people love piling it on because they are relevant not visa versa. My team was terrible last year but as the seasons change, so will these sanctions that currently cripple them. Come next signing period, it’s a whole new ball game. They can sign 20 next year, and it’s game on.

    I for one respect college football to much to bad mouth others programs or teams. I don’t get the whole jealously thing anyway. I do know without a doubt, that the SEC is by far the toughest Conference from top to bottom and that Alabama is the top program in the country. I give them both my respect.

  22. timh1955 says: Feb 11, 2013 6:36 PM


    Well said and I respect your comments.

    I have not like Kiffin since he was at Oakland as I think he is extremely dishonest. I really started disliking him after he left Knoxville in the middle of the night after one year at UT and I am far from being a UT fan. I do think he deserved one more year at SC but I would be totally surprised if he was there this time next year. I would be curious as to what Pola thinks about him.

    Anyway, your comment was good and I can’t wait for college football to start again as I live for the fall and college football.

  23. pdcooper08 says: Feb 11, 2013 6:50 PM

    I hear you regarding LK and his past movements and choices. I am no longer a Raider fan, so I’m not to concerned with them, but as for what happened when he departed UT, I didn’t care for how that all went down. I did feel bad for the program, and it left him looking sleazy. He’s actions speak for themselves and what comes around goes around. He will get his in the end as I can’t see this years team with an unproven QB winning 10 games.

    One day I will catch up with Kennedy and get the real story. KP is a straight shooter, up front and in your face. To bad LK didn’t learn from him.

    As well, I live for college football, my feelings are the same.

  24. tttrojan4life says: Feb 11, 2013 7:19 PM

    If you are not a fan of SC or go to the school, let it go. Do something constructive with your life. Obsessing over a program you have no connection with is the definition of mental instability.

  25. pdcooper08 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:24 PM

    Who are you referring to trojan?

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