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Beiniemy, Pola timelines expose Kiffin's behavior

Posted on: July 24, 2010 8:10 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2010 8:49 pm
 
Lane Kiffin hired Kennedy Pola away from the Tennessee Titans earlier Saturday, angering USC alum and Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher. Turns out, Pola wasn't Kiffin's first choice.

Eric Bieniemy, Minnesota Vikings running backs coach, was ... except Bieniemy turned Kiffin down, according to the Star-Tribune . "First off I felt I would have let my players down," he said. "On top of that, I would have let my fellow coaches down and I would have let the organization down. There was a lot pulling at me. After having conversations with our head coach, with people in management and ownership this is the right place for me and the right decision. Of course, it probably doesn't hurt that he also got a pay raise and received the title of "assistant head coach" while remaining with a team that IS eligible for the postseason over the next two years.

What's really interesting though, is how the timeline of Kiffin's offer to Bieniemy jives with the Pola-Fisher incident. You see, according to Brad Childress, Bieniemy told the Vikings head coach that he was staying on Thursday morning (after getting his raise and promotion, natch).

Kiffin then, according to a statement he made Saturday in response to Fisher's anger, "reached out to Kennedy Pola [on Friday] to gauge whether he had any possible interest in returning to USC ..."

So, assuming Kiffin's timeline is accurate, he tried for his top choice and got rejected because an NFL team had more to offer. So, he went after his second choice. Except that he most likely knew that if he alerted Fisher that he was attempting to hire Pola, Fisher would immediately offer up some sort of incentive to stay in Tennessee.

Just like Childress did.

Which is a much more reasonable explanation than whatever junk Kiffin tried to offer up instead.

-- Will Brinson

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