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OC Kennedy Polamalu out at USC; Tedford a possibility?

Kennedy Polamalu is the fourth USC coach gone since the Trojans' Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech. (Photo: Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Kennedy Polamalu is the fourth USC coach gone since the Trojans’ Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech. (Photo: Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he fallout from USC’s disappointing 7-6 season continues.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Trojan offensive coordinator and running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu will not return next season.

Polamalu, who played fullback and linebacker at USC from 1982-85, is the the fourth Trojan coach to depart since the embarrassing Dec. 31 Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech.

Monte Kiffin, former assistant head coach for defense, resigned and is now the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator. Linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton is defensive coordinator at Nevada and secondary coach Marvin Sanders was fired.

Polamalu, who was in his second stint as a USC assistant, joined Lane Kiffin’s staff in 2010. At that time, Polamalu was set to coach his first season with the Tennessee Titans when Kiffin hired him, a move that angered then-Titans coach and USC alum Jeff Fisher and prompted a lawsuit from the Titans. From 2000-2003, Polamalu coached running backs and special teams under Paul Hackett and Pete Carroll. reported that one source said Polamalu’s departure had been in the works for the past month. He did not attend USC’s Signing Day dinner Wednesday evening.

According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Polamalu said just days before the Sun Bowl that he had no intentions to leave.

“Until someone says, ‘Hey, I don’t want you here, you know, then I’ll maybe go and work on the academic side of the building,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot because this is where I want to be.”

Though Polamalu carried the offensive coordinator title, Kiffin maintained play calling duties. Kiffin gave Polamalu and quarterbacks coach Clay Helton added responsibility during Sun Bowl preparations, but Kiffin still called the plays.

Polamalu noted that while he would love to call the plays, he wasn’t optimistic that it would ever happen.

“I have a little personality flaw,” Polamalu said of his offensive philosophy. “I want to be real physical.”

The report states that Helton may be given the offensive coordinator title. However, one source told CoachScoop that frustrated administrators are pressuring Kiffin to look outside the program for help on offense, perhaps to former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford.

Trojan players past, present and future took to Twitter to express frustration and disappointment with the decision.

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