Kennedy Polamalu won’t be coaching his two prize recruits in 2013, as USCFootball.com has reported that he is out at USC. Now, through multiple sources close to the team, Polamalu wanted out, he was not fired.
One particular source within the team’s personnel made it clear that Polamalu would “never be fired from USC.” Not by Lane Kiffin, not by Pat Haden, and not by C.L. Max Nikias, the source told us, before going on to suggest that the NFL could be once again in his future.
Polamalu came to USC after a brief offseason stint with the Tennessee Titans in 2010, which followed a six year stint with the Browns and Jaguars in the NFL.
Lane Kiffin’s steadfast desire to call plays for the Trojans and Polamalu’s already high title as “offensive coordinator”, left no room for promotion financially or strategically. Kiffin was not going to let Polamalu call plays and his position was already maxed out. That left few options for Polamalu.
Now, for the players, news of Polamalu’s departure hurts. One player told us via text that “SC Football is crumbling around us.”
It’s no secret that Kennedy Polamalu, Ed Orgeron and Tee Martin were/are the lifeblood to the coaching staff and the coaches that connect more with the players that Kiffin, who at times distances himself from players. With Polamalu gone and USC’s defensive scheme changing and putting Orgeron nearly out of position, Kiffin is finding himself on thin ice.
The recruiting sanctions are virtually over, and his need to bond and rally with his players is getting more critical by the day.