Lane Kiffin

Jeff Fisher Joins Anti-Lane Kiffin Fan Club

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You can scratch Lane Kiffin off of the Fisher family Christmas card list. Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher is unhappy with Kiffin after the USC head man convinced Titan running backs coach Kennedy Pola to join him as the squad’s new offensive coordinator.

Can you blame Fisher for being upset? Considering that he received a voice mail about Pola’s departure, I’d be a little frosty too.

Fisher explained to The Tennessean how it happened:

I am very disappointed in Lane Kiffin’s approach to this. Typically speaking, when coaches are interested in hiring or discussing potential employment from coaches on respective staffs there is a courtesy call made from the head coach or athletic director indicating there is an interest in talking to the assistant. So I am very disappointed in the lack of professionalism on behalf of Lane, to call me and leave me a voicemail after Kennedy had informed me he had taken the job. It is just a lack of professionalism.

Clearly, the former Trojan has a point.

This is odd without a doubt. August starts next weekend. What head coach hires his offensive coordinator nearly a month before the season begins?

Obviously, USC’s football program has been dealing with other issues lately but once again Kiffin has ruffled some feathers.

Kiffin issued a statement today addressing the situation and realized that “the timing isn’t perfect for all parties involved.”

He also claimed that he spoke with Coach Fisher to detail the timeline of events leading to Pola’s departure. I imagine Fisher was gnashing his teeth on the other side of the phone.

By season’s start, the Titans could possibly be on their third running backs coach in the last year. Pola replaced Ernest Byner, who is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tennessee opens up training camp on July 31.

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