Titans sue USC and coach Lane Kiffin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans are suing Southern

California and coach Lane Kiffin for "maliciously" luring away

assistant running backs coach Kennedy Pola a week before training

camp opens.

Tennessee Football Inc., the company that owns the Titans, filed

the lawsuit Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court against both

the university and Kiffin.

The lawsuit accuses Southern California and Kiffin of violating

Pola's contract that required him to have written permission to

discuss a job with anyone other than the Titans.

Tennessee signed Pola on Feb. 1. Kiffin hired Pola on Saturday

as his offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Southern


The Tennessean first reported the lawsuit on its website.