USC AD: Mike Garrett ‘Retires’, Pat Haden Hired

Bill Dwyre of the LOS ANGELES TIMES reports today that Pat Haden will take over as USC Athletic Director on August 3. An announcement from USC is expected from the school’s president-elect Max Nikias later today. Nikias is taking over for Steven Sample, who is retiring in August.

Mike Garrett

The Times reports that Mike Garrett, who has served as USC AD the past 17 years, “is expected to take the school’s retirement package.”

On January 10, 2010, I wrote:

When USC School President Steven Sample retires in August, I’m told the 65-year-old Garrett will be escorted to his car in the parking lot on the same day - with the school claiming that he “retired.” (Okay, the parking lot thing was an exaggeration, but he will indeed leave the school when Sample retires.)

Haden is a former star USC quarterback and NFL player. He’s also a longtime broadcaster who most recently has worked on NBC’s Notre Dame telecasts as a color analyst.

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