Titans sue Kiffin, USC for “maliciously” stealing assistant

The Tennessee Titans are suing USC football coach Lane Kiffin and the school for “maliciously” luring away running backs coach Kennedy Pola just one week before training camp, The Tennessean first reported Monday.

Tennessee Football Inc., the company that owns the Titans, filed the lawsuit Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court. The suit accuses Kiffin and USC of violating Pola’s contract, which required him to have written permission to discuss a job with anyone other than the Titans.

The Titans hired Pola away from the Jacksonville Jaguars in January, only to lose him Saturday to USC, where he will be the Trojans’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach.

“USC and Kiffin maliciously intended to — and did — induce Pola to breach the Pola contract,” the lawsuit charges. “USC and Kiffin engaged in improper means in their procurement of the breach and were not legally justified in their actions. Kiffin and USC’s actions, through him, were part of a course and pattern of conduct fostered by Kiffin and USC to use improper methods and means to the direct harm and damage of parties to contracts …”

The Titans declined to comment beyond the lawsuit Monday when contacted by The Associated Press.

Original Article Courtesy of NFL.com

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