Kennedy Polamalu Out as USC Running Backs Coach

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Lane Kiffin’s Trojans will surely have a new look coaching staff in 2013, as USC has lost their fourth coach of the offseason, running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu, who carries the title of offensive coordinator. According to a report from USCFootball.com, Polamalu will not return to the Trojans after a three year stint at USC beginning in 2010.

Polamalu got to USC with Lane Kiffin in 2010 with plenty of controversy, taking the job shortly after he accepted a similar position with the Tennessee Titans under former Trojan Jeff Fisher. In a public spat, Fisher claimed that Kiffin’s hiring of Polamalu was unethical, saying he didn’t follow the proper hiring procedures in reference to asking for permission from Fisher and the Titans.

During the three years under Kiffin, Polamalu coached three seperate leading rushers at USC, and was a big reason for the uptick in performance from Curtis McNeal in 2011.

Polamalu was also big part of recruiting running back duo Ty Isaac and Justin Davis in the Class of 2013, and both helped recruit and coach Reggie Bush in 2003.

Kennedy Polamalu is a USC alum, playing fullback from 1982 to 1985 and got his coaching career started at Crespi High School in Encino, where he coached from 1986 to 1988.

Polamalu, then known as Kennedy Pola, joined the USC staff for the first time back in 2000 under Paul Hackett. He worked with the Trojans for three seasons as a running backs and special teams coordinator, before heading to the NFL for a six year stint between the Browns and Jaguars.

Topics: Football, Kennedy Polamalu, USC Trojans

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