Tuesday Whispers: Athletic Director Rivalries Still Exist
When Mike Garrett was USC athletic director, he told a head coach, “Pat Haden is gunning for my job.”
Haden, who was on the Board of Trustees at the time, eventually succeeded Garrett when he was fired by Max Nikias. Garrett never forgave Haden, insiders say.
Things were even worse in 2016, when Haden and Lynn Swann were both at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga.
Swann was going to be named athletic director a couple days after the Masters but he never told Haden that weekend he was going to replace him.
A prominent L.A. sports figure told me Haden said he would never forgive Swann for not informing him of the change. Haden wanted Steve Lopes to become athletic director. Nikias wanted a star.
I’ve already heard administrators say new president Carol Folt wants an outsider if she makes a change at athletic director. And some believe inside Heritage Hall that it will be sooner than later.