Kennedy Polamalu will hit the recruiting trail for
Polamalu, who attended the Bruins' practice Saturday, said he "was shocked as anyone else when I got the phone call" from UCLA Coach Jim Mora.
"I'm still kind of in shock," Polamalu said.
Mora said it was a no-brainer.
"You don't find many better than Kennedy Polamalu," Mora said. "His integrity is beyond reproach. All you have to do is talk with the guys he played with and the players he coached."
Polamalu, who was an assistant with the
"People who worked for him, who knew, said he was a good man," Polamalu said.
It was a move welcomed in his home. Polamalu may have a
His USC friends are understanding, including his nephew,
Kennedy Polamalu played at USC from 1982-85. He did two stints as an assistant coach with the
"They have all been very supportive," Polamalu said. "Like my nephew, he was really happy I was coming to work with a good man. The guys I coached who are still over there told me, 'Coach, you're not an enemy, you're an opponent.' "
As for his new players, UCLA's running backs: "I told them I hope to have the type of relationship that goes beyond football," Polamalu said.