Single greatest Pat Hayden quote of all time....
"Oh, wide open."
Single greatest Pat Hayden quote of all time....
"Oh, wide open."
it was more like:
Awe (shit), wide open
I'd go w/ his definition of maize: "A bold, arrogant shade of yellow."
I'm impressed that Southern Cal even has such a qualified alumnus
Oh well. Kiffin will continue to provide hours of free entertainment.
ESPN is reporting it too...
And I wonder if Garrett is getting canned because everyone else is just jealous of him...? (I'm guessing, not today).
And did anyone else, at first read, think that Garrett's replacement was an ex-USC quarterback named Rhodes Scholar? I mean, what are the odds.... (Funny, if still accurate, comma placement).
Max Nikias, who has just taken over as president of the university, apparently flipped out when Garrett made his ridiculous, "Y'all just jealous" comments. Once that happened Garrett was gone according to SC's beat writer.
UPDATE: It looks like that ESPN article you posted was just updated with more info. USC is returning Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy (the school gets one and the player gets one) and removing all banners/posters/pictures featuring Bush or Mayo around campus and the athletic facilities. Awesomely harsh quote from the new university president about the decision regarding Bush/Mayo:
"The Trojan Family honors and respects the USC sporting careers of those persons whose actions did not compromise their athletic program or the opportunities of future USC student-athletes," Nikias said.
This is awesome. Sounds like someone's trying to set up David Bandon West. Often imitated, never duplicated.
...have they returned OJ's Trophy? (Looking at that last quote...didn't compromise the athletic program...but c'mon...Reggie didn't kill anybody...other than my chances with Kim, and they weren't all that great anyway).
And let's not forget his studly left tackle, Rhodes Colossus
Reggie Bush, and his own "jealousy" non-sense in the wake of the NCAA ruling, it's inexplicable how he lasted this long.
Garrett wasn't fired sooner because SC's former president was dealing with health problems, which eventually lead him to step down. So SC wanted to finish their search for a new president before they had to look for a new AD.
from one of my Southern Cal friends who's on top of that program, so "inexplicable" isn't exactly right. It's a decent enough explanation, though if I were the board of regents , I would have just gone ahead had the president fire his butt anyway and name some associate AD the "interim" AD until the successor was installed. What's the worst that could happen if they had no AD for 60 days? Instead, the university looks a bit foolish, I think.
If Garrett had been canned right after the sanctions came down or following his dumbass "jealous" comments, I think things would have looked worse (i.e. "the shit has completely hit the fan and we are freaking out"). As it is, his firing is now a quiet offseason story and I'm guessing as much focus will be on Haden taking the job as there is on Garrett leaving. The story can be spun as an exciting new chapter rather than a gaping hole in the athletic department.
Once Garrett opened his mouth about the sanctions, any slim chance he had of staying was destroyed. Firing him in this manner looks more like a calm decision that (in my opinion) dramatically improves the athletic department rather than a move resulting from knee-jerk panic.
Fankly I'm surprised he survived Paul Hackett (zing!).
It's a tough call. Tim Floyd and Carroll were both his hires. Both got them major sanctions. That's squarely on Garrett. Ironically Carroll was his savior after a very pedestrian first several years of AD-ship, and then ultimately his demise.
Anyway, I can see why USC would want to control the damage, but can't say that I have a lot of respect for the timing.
who thought that Tom Hammond was the new USC AD and is now very disappointed?
I thought the same, and was excited to hear about how jealous we all were of the trojans
Who is this two headed QB monster of an Athletic Director named Rhodes Scholar and Tom Hammond...can they work together? Is this a good idea?
on committing suicide by mouth.
So odds are high NBC's broadcasts of ND games will get even less tolerable. Hard to imagine.
I honestly didn't mind Haden that much.
Hayden was a bright spot in those telecasts.
Haden is sharp. I never understood why a Trojan was doing Notre Dame games anyway . . . aside from the huge paychecks from NBC of course.
I always thought Haden was there to give the strong appearance of a neutral, impartial broadcast. The Notre Dame-only contract at NBC seems like a recipe for an obnoxious, homer broadcast but I think Hammond/Haden do a pretty good job avoiding that. If they had someone like Golic cheerleading in the booth it would turn off the big chunk of their viewership that tunes in hoping to see ND lose, making them less money in the process.
I never found Haden impartial but, compared with the rest of the crew, he at least didn't sound like an out an out apologist.
I guess that is why I said "appearance of an impartial broadcast." I think just having commentary come from a guy who played for their chief rival (even if that commentary is from a strong ND perspective a lot of the time) gave the broadcast a little more legitimacy. If someone like Theismann did even the exact same job, I think neutral or anti-ND viewers would probably not be able to stand it.
...he's been unlistenable for years...but he's a mile better than Golic.
At ND when Manningham had about 30 yards on the nearest defender and Henne just lofted it in there. My jaw dropped when I first saw that then couldn't stop laughing when I just hear a soft "Oh he's open." One of my favorite ND moments....of course there are others above it....
back in the 80s. I got a temp job with NBC Sports World and used it to get over to Ireland and my girlfriend by piggybacking on a big Irish horse race. (I got to sit with the trophy, made of Waterford Crystal, in a limo for a while, I remember.) His eyes looked right through you then, too.
nobody even responded to my real-life story!!! And I mentioned Tom Verdamt Hammond's wierd eyes b4 anyone else!
(Secret bonus fact: He looked older then than he does now. I sh*t you not.)
THANKS A LOT
I had to go browse boytaur pics for 20 minutes just to undo the sight of those eyes. They stare directly into my soul, and touch me inappropriately while in there.
I hadn't asked myself what a boytaur was. Thanks be my old mother has gone to her reward and won't be looking into MY eyes for sin tonight.
Pat Hayden to be replaced by ND loyalist Regis Philbin...
"...What is going on down on the sidelines?"
paging Mr. Collinsworth*.....
*nothing to back that up but hopes
you like Notre Dame AND Chris Collinsworth? Seriously?
Tom Brady is coming for your job. Maybe Drew Henson or Brian Griese. Didn't Brian have the highest score on the Wonderlick test? Wonderlick = Rhodes Scholar?
Sorry, posted in wrong spot. Meant to be a reply.
Don't worry; SELF NEGGED
"USC is giving back Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy"?
Is that like Michigan basketball taking down Final Four banners? Or do they actually have possession of the trophy, will hand it over to the NCAA and Reggie Bush will never see it again?
When somebody wins the Heisman, their school gets a trophy and the player gets a trophy. SC is giving theirs back but Reggie still has his. So yeah, it is more like taking down a banner as the trophy will no longer be on display in their athletic offices.
I just can't see Hayden and Kiffin getting along.
This sort of sets up one or the other of them; you always have to lay your money on the AD. Kiffin, Oregeron et al. were around during the corruption era at USC so it will be interesting to see how this thing works out between them and Haden.
Haden will have pressure from tall over the place...the fickle LA and SC fan (they are with you win or tie) will not support a loser while, at the same time, he needs to maintain revenues. Haden may envision a "clean" program but it's hard to say if he can make the Stanford model work in a culture of Snoop Dog fandom.
I am envious of Pat Haden.
...but I really can't find anything to bash about this choice. Haden is a great choice to clean house, because his credentials are academically, athletically, and ethically solid. If USC is to crawl out of their current mess, having a Rhodes Scholar to lead them out is brilliant, both mechanically and politically.
Considering the decision to revise USC history to not include Bush and Mayo, I wonder how long Kiffin survives?