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USC football: Kennedy Pola returns to staff; Jeff Fisher 'disappointed' in Lane Kiffin's 'lack of professionalism'

July 24, 2010 | 12:37 pm

Jefffishe_250r Kennedy Pola is returning to USC as offensive coordinator, reports Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

Pola, who was about to start training camp as running backs coach with the Tennessee Titans, replaces running backs coach Todd McNair, a central figure in the NCAA investigation that resulted in major sanctions against USC.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher (pictured at right) was not too pleased with USC Coach Lane Kiffin. McNair's contract was not renewed.

“I am very disappointed in Lane Kiffin’s approach to this,’’ Fisher told the Tennessean. “Typically speaking when coaches are interested in hiring or discussing potential employment from coaches on respective staffs there is a courtesy call made from the head coach or athletic director indicating there is an interest in talking to the assistant.

“So I am very disappointed in the lack of professionalism on behalf of Lane, to call me and leave me a voice mail after Kennedy had informed me he had taken the job. It is just a lack of professionalism."

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Photo credit: Jason Parkhurst / US Presswire