I want to start off this article with a little disclosure. My mom and dad both went to the University of Washington and my whole family were raised as dyed in the wool Husky fans.
We had season tickets for almost 30 years and I have been to every Rose Bowl the Huskies went to starting in 1978 when Don James and Warren Moon shocked the Michigan Wolverines.
Having said that, I have lived in LA for almost 25 years and I have been an great admirer of the USC football ever since Pete Carroll came here and starting building one of the great college football dynasties of this or any other eras.
I can not say the same thing for Mike Garrett, the USC athletic director. Mike is living proof that you don't have to a white guy to get and keep a job that you aren't really qualified for. You just have to be part of the old boys network and Garrett most certainly is that at USC.
I could go down the list of all the screw ups the Trojans have endured on the former Heisman's Trophy watch but I think it's a lot easier to point to his successes. Or should I say success.
He hired Pete Carroll. That's pretty much the only thing he has done that could be considered a success. And it wasn't what he wanted to do. Carroll was what you might call a desperation move. Something Mikey was forced to do because he ran out of all other options.
Yet, with a major NCAA hearing on the horizon. Gangster Mike Garrett insists on bringing in Lane Kiffin, a walking NCAA violation as the new USC coach.
Even with many admitted violations under Garrett's watch and more violations rumored to have taken place. Garrett's position appears to be safe.
I am listening to the new USC football coach on Dan Patrick's show right now and I don't believe a word he says. He claims he didn't contact USC about the job everyone knows he coveted and even the folks on Patrick's show ain't buying it.
Then Patrick points out how it works. Kiffin had someone else contact the school, like his agent or a friend.
I'm pretty sure Patrick is right about that. This is how coaches do these things. It gives them what is known as plausible deniability. But it's still a lie when it comes right down to it.
But it isn't hard to figure out when Lane Kiffin is lying. Lane lies whenever he moves his lips.
According to sources Lane-O was lucky there were other coaches in the room when he said good-bye to his Tennessee players because otherwise he would have suffered a serious beat down. The word is that Kippy Brown had to calm the players down so Lame could leave the room with his tail between his legs.
I wish they would have let the players go. It's about time one of these creeps got what was coming to them.
Actually, I think Lane will get what's coming to him. Regular beat downs by Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington, and UCLA. I guarantee the USC alumni won't accept that.