Titans, USC settle over Kiffin's hiring of coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans say they have settled their lawsuit with the University of Southern California over Trojans coach Lane Kiffin hiring away an assistant coach just before training camp last July.

The Titans and USC announced Wednesday in a joint statement that settlement terms are private but called it an "amicable" resolution. The lawsuit is expected to be dismissed in a few weeks.

The team sued July 26, a couple days after Kiffin poached running backs coach Kennedy Pola off the Titans' coaching staff a week before Tennessee opened camp.

Then-Titans coach Jeff Fisher had fired Earnest Byner to hire Pola last offseason and said Kiffin didn't make the customary courtesy call to alert the team of his intentions.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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