By Jon D. Gaede, BVN Staff –
Mike Garrett, former Heisman Trophy recipient (1965), NFL running back, lawyer is now the former USC Athletic Director.
In the wake of recent NCAA rulings that have cast shadows over USC’s athletic program, the Garrett era has come to an end. He will be replaced by former USC quarterback, Pat Haden.
The football program, which has enjoyed so much success and notoriety, has been handed a two year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships.
Although the school is appealing the severity of the sanctions, some recruits have left the school and the alumni is boiling.
Hired in 1993, Garrett’s legacy includes several national championships, an overall expansion of the women’s athletic program and the construction of the magnificent Galen Center.
As a result of two consecutive scandals involving the football and basketball programs, USC will clear it’s trophy case of Reggie Bush’s Heisman trophy and remove any accolades related to O.J. Mayo.
It is unfortunate that USC’s first African American A.D.’s tenure had to end this way. In the transition, USC ultimately needed a fresh make-over, in order to reclaim it’s position of national prominence.
Haden, the former USC quarterback, Rhodes Scholar and lawyer, stated that a “culture of compliance” would be practiced at the school. As the story broke, former Trojan receiver J.K. McKay was being lured to oversee the football program and serve under Haden.
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