Posted by Will Brinson
Way back in July, before the 2010 season started (remember the good old days of normal a offseason?), the Titans got a little cheesed off at Lane Kiffin. That's because the brand-new USC coach hired away Titans' running back coach to be the Trojans' new offensive coordinator and didn't give then-coach Jeff Fisher a heads-up.
He was so upset, in fact, that he and the Titans sued USC and Kiffin. And now they've settled that lawsuit, according to a joint statement released by the two parties Wednesday.
"We are pleased to be able to conclude a mutually satisfactory arrangement between the University of Southern California and the Tennessee Titans that concludes the litigation involving the hiring of Kennedy Pola," the Titans and Trojans said in a statement. "The settlement terms are private, but include opportunities for both parties to avoid future disagreements and disputes over employment of persons who are already employed by either party. With this amicable resolution, the Tennessee Titans and the University of Southern California have restored their long-time mutual relationship, and anticipate that the suit will be dismissed within the next few weeks."
Obviously, things were probably a bit awkward, since Fisher is an alumni of the school. That being said, reaching a settlement might have been a touch easier now that Fisher's no longer with the team.
The Titans actually sued Kiffin and the Trojans for "maliciously interfering with the contract" of Pola. At the time we pointed out that it was pretty clear Kiffin -- based on the timing involved -- that Kiffin had been a bit in the wrong with his behavior.
So while the two entities might have a long-term relationship, it stands to reason that the Titans got some sort of compensation for their problems.
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