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USC football: School and Tennessee Titans settle lawsuit over Kennedy Pola hiring

April 6, 2011 |  3:38 pm

Laze3vnc USC and the Tennessee Titans announced Wednesday that they have reached a "mutually satisfactory arrangement" to end the litigation over the hiring of running backs coach Kennedy Pola.

The Titans filed a lawsuit last July after USC Coach Lane Kiffin hired Pola, who was the NFL team's running backs coach for only six months. The Titans contended that Kiffin "maliciously" interfered with the contract of Pola.

Here's the joint statement from USC and the Titans:

"We are pleased to be able to conclude a mutually satisfactory arrangement between the University of Southern California and the Tennessee Titans that concludes the litigation involving the hiring of Kennedy Pola. The settlement terms are private, but include opportunities for both parties to avoid future disagreements and disputes over employment of persons who are already employed by either party. With this amicable resolution, the Tennessee Titans and the University of Southern California have restored their long-time mutual relationship, and anticipate that the suit will be dismissed within the next few weeks."

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Photo: USC offensive coordinator/Running backs coach Kennedy Pola watches the team during pregame warmup before their game against Cal on Oct. 16, 2010 in Los Angeles. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times