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USC football: Lane Kiffin responds to criticism from Jeff Fisher

July 24, 2010 |  1:31 pm

Kiffin_200 USC Coach Lane Kiffin (pictured at left) has responded to criticism from Tennessee Titans' Coach Jeff Fisher about the way Kiffin handled the hiring of Kennedy Pola. Pola is rejoining the Trojans staff as offensive coordinator.

“We reached out to Kennedy Pola yesterday to gauge whether he had any possible interest in returning to USC before we moved forward with the process," Kiffin said in a statement released by USC.

“Kennedy said he would think about it and get back to us today. Once Kennedy did call back earlier today, out of my great respect for Coach Fisher I immediately reached out to Coach to make him aware of the situation.

“I have spoken with Coach Fisher and he now has an accurate understanding of the timeline of events.

“We realize the timing of this isn’t perfect for all parties, but this is a great opportunity and promotion for Kennedy.”

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Photo credit: Bret Hartman / For The Times