According to multiple reports, the University of Southern California will name Pat Haden as its new athletic director, effective August 3. Haden will replace the outgoing Mike Garrett, who will take a retirement package from the school.
Garrett has been USC’s AD for 17 years and the school has seen financial and athletic success during his tenture. However, his job was considered in jeopardy after the school was hit with numerous NCAA violations in June.
Among the penalties handed down by the college sports governing body were: a two-year bowl ban, a reduction of scholarships and a forfeiture of wins. The punishment came as a result of allegations that former football star and Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush, received improper benefits. On top of that, the men’s basketball program announced a self-imposed postseason ban this past year after an investigation that involved rule violations relating to O.J. Mayo.
During his time as a star running back for USC, Garrett was a Heisman Trophy winner. Haden’s resume, however, isn’t too shabby either. While playing quarterback for the school from 1972-74, he was a Rhodes Scholar and a two-time academic All-American. He has also been a member of the USC Board of Trustees and a longtime broadcaster of Notre Dame football for NBC.
Haden later spent time as quarterback of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams from 1976-81.
The official announcement on Garret’s departure and replacement is expected to come Tuesday.