It’s been obvious to anyone with a brain that former Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mike Garrett has always been completely out of his depth as the Athletics Director at the University of Southern California. That fact has become more and more evident over the past few years as Garrett has allowed personal feuds and vendettas to get in the way of what was best for the University.
After the Reggie Bush saga and his tepid handling of a response and the lack of a massive public relations campaign to point out the flaws in the NCAA Committee on Infractions’ report, Garrett has made himself unwelcome in Trojan-land. Everyone knew that some time this summer he would be replaced as USC’s AD, and most people knew who would replace him.
Well the Los Angeles Times finally broke the story today that former Trojan and NFL quarterback Pat Haden will, indeed, be replacing Garrett effective August 3.
Haden is a former Rhodes Scholar and two-time Academic All-American, who led the Trojans to three Rose Bowl appearances and two national championships. Haden is currently a broadcaster for NBC, covering Notre Dame football games (ironic, no?), but will leave that post to return to USC to help rebuild a decimated department.
This is absolutely a fantastic move by the University of Southern California and Haden is the right man for the job of rebuilding the reputation that Garrett has done so much to tarnish over the past few years.