Talk about the perfect fit. Pat Haden is coming home.
USC president-elect C.L. Max Nikias announced Tuesday that the school will name Haden as its new athletic director, replacing Mike Garrett. Haden, who played quarterback for the Trojans, will succeed Garrett on August 3, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Nikias also announced that the school would return the Heisman Trophy won by former running back Reggie Bush in 2005 to the Heisman Trophy Trust next month. In addition, he named new officials in charge of compliance with NCAA rules.
Since USC was hit with numerous sanctions by the NCAA for an overall lack of institutional control, Garrett had been under fire. The football team faces a two-year bowl ban, loss of scholarships and the vacating of wins. While the university has appealed several of the sanctions, the program has dealt with the loss of a number of recruits, who were allowed to leave when the sanctions were imposed.
Haden currently serves as an analyst for Notre Dame football on NBC. He led the Trojans to three Rose Bowls before playing for the Rams in the NFL from 1976-81.
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