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If you feel like you are hearing about some nonsense out of La La Land at least once a week, that’s because you are. USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin continues to draw to both himself and his program for all the wrong reasons. This time, according to Inside USC, Kiffin got rid of a perfectly qualified assistant coach purely to feed his own ego.
The face of the Trojans football program apparently felt “threatened” by assistant Kennedy Polamalu, so the son of Monte simply cut him loose.
A Pac-12 coach, who did not wish to be identified, said he heard USC assistant Kennedy Pola was fired because Lane Kiffin felt “threatened” by Pola.
“He knew Kennedy was a no-nonsense guy and saw through the way things are done and isn’t afraid to speak up,” the coach said. “So he made a change.”
We would love to simply say “Wow” and leave it at that.
However, we never miss an opportunity to dump on our favorite multi-million dollar mistake. USC opened the 2012 season as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, but ended it as the first to ever start so high but finish with six losses.
There was the issue of the illegally deflated footballs and then that of players switching jersey numbers at halftime. Of course, Kiffin had no idea a student manager was deflating the balls, and, technically speaking, the changing of jerseys is not illegal, only extremely unethical.
USC’s very own athletic director Pat Haden calls these relatively small but repeated transgressions as “The Kiffin Factor”.
Eventually, this “Kiffin Factor” is going to prove too much, and get this clownshow shufflin’ on outta town.