Haden Hired as New AD

Former USC quarterback Pat Haden will become the school's new athletic director, replacing the often-controversial Mike Garrett after 17 years, incoming president Max Nikias announced Tuesday.

Former USC quarterback Pat Haden will become the school's new athletic director, replacing the often-controversial Mike Garrett after 17 years, incoming president Max Nikias announced Tuesday.

"The opportunity has arisen to bring new leadership to the athletic department," Nikias said in a statement. "I thank Mr. Garrett, USC's first Heisman Trophy winner and a tireless advocate of USC athletics, for his work on behalf of our Trojan Family."

Haden, who had served on the board of trustees since 1991, will take office on August 3, the same day Nikias replaces the retiring Steven Sample.


Mike Garrett served as AD at USC for 17 years. (Kevin Carden Photo)
A two-time Academic All American, Haden led the Trojans to national championships in 1972 and 1974 and was named a Rhodes Scholar in 1978. Haden is a partner in a venture capital group with former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan and had been the color analyst on NBC broadcasts of Notre Dame games since 1998.

He inherits a program rocked by the NCAA findings in the Reggie Bush case and will be placing a new emphasis on compliance, with the hiring of a vice president for athletic compliance, a push to bring in more compliance officers and retaining former FBI Director Louis Freeh to investigate ways to limit the influence of agents on campus.

Haden will also be asked to modernize an athletic department and maximize revenues. The first such step will be the creation of an associate athletic director for football position, which will be manned by Haden's high school and college teammate J.K. McKay, the Los Angeles Times reported.

His first coaching move is likely to come in baseball, where the Trojans have fallen on hard times, posting a 7-20 record in Pac-10 play last season under manager Chad Kreuter.

For Garrett, who is expected to take a retirement package, his tenure will be long debated. He succeeded in building an on-campus arena, the Galen Center, an idea that had been under consideration since the 1950's. He also hired Pete Carroll, who revived the USC football program and won its first national championships since 1978.

However, his interpersonal skills left much to be desired, as demonstrated by his interaction with the media and firing of John Robinson in his second stint as football coach. There were several major incidents that led to probation and Garrett's last major act leading the program was telling a group of boosters "there was nothing but a lot of envy and they all wish they were Trojans" on the day the penalties in the Bush case were handed down.

Nikias' statement also said USC will return its copy of Bush's Heisman Trophy to the trust that oversees the award and will remove jerseys and murals that highlight Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo.


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