It is odd to me how many USC fans/employees never give Mike Garrett and Pat Haden a similar review. They always take one over the other. I will say this: Garrett certainly provided the better stories. When the basketball job opened in 1996, Purdue’s winningest coach Gene Keady called to express interest. Garrett’s response? “Who’s he?”
And then when Rick Majerus suddenly resigned after a few days at USC in 2005, Garrett informed his superiors he was going to hire, “Jim Floyd,” instead of Tim Floyd. Here are some other classic name gaffes from Mike McGee, Bernard Parks and Lane Kiffin.
A former USC coach recommended to me the next athletic director should be Chris Del Conte of TCU, He has an impressive bio and I remember Pat Haden visiting in 2014 to check out their facilities. Perhaps more important for those of you with provincial concerns, Del Conte worked at Arizona, Washington State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He also attended UC Santa Barbara. On the negative side, he never won a Heisman Trophy or Rose Bowl.
This game might be the only thing that makes me miss Signing Day. But luckily I’ve missed most of it. I wonder if Tim Floyd, a good friend of Manning and his father (Archie), is at the game. In 2007, USC played at Oregon and while the team returned to Los Angeles, Floyd flew to Miami for Super Bowl XLI. He flew back to L.A. on Monday and few knew the difference.
Meanwhile, about Signing Day . . .
I’m really stoked about USC’s 112th consecutive great recruiting year. The last four made this year’s Holiday Bowl runnerup possible.
Every Signing Day, USC makes a lot of money with a big recruiting dinner for boosters at the Galen Center. The event usually takes place in the arena. But I heard this year it took place inside the Founders Room at the arena, which is used for private functions or as a bar for basketball games. Less interest this year?
UPDATED: A USC spokesperson says the event has been in the Founders Room for several years.
Adoree Jackson is not supposed to participate in spring practice and started his track season this weekend at the New Mexico Classic indoor meet. Jackson ran the 60-meter dash in a personal-best 6.78 seconds to finish fourth, second among college competitors. He also ran a leg on the 4 x 400 relay team that finished second (first among collegians).
Here’s a podcast I did with the Wisconsin State Journal on former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, who recently became the Badgers defensive coordinator. In fairness, I say during the podcast I think Wilcox might be more successful with Wisconsin, where Big Ten offenses might not be so spread-oriented. Listen here