As everybody and their brother, and their brother’s gardener, have been reporting over the last two days, Southern Cal will, in very short order, likely be in the market for a new head coach.
Taking the lead in the quest for Pete Carroll‘s replacement should be the man who hired the soon-to-be-former coach, athletic director Mike Garrett. But, will the longtime A.D. and one-time USC gridiron star even be around to head the search?
We have been hearing quite a bit of chatter throughout the day today that Garrett could be on his way out as the Trojans’ director of athletics. Talk along the lines of “you’re fired!”
Several prominent boosters and school officials are said to be far from pleased with the current state of athletics at the school — particularly the dark NCAA cloud looming over the two highest-profile sports — and most, if not all, of the chatter concerning Garrett revolves around what the boosters may or may not have up their long-reaching, omnipotent sleeves.
As the thinking goes, rid themselves of Garrett and, possibly, the NCAA will go easier on the university if/when sanctions come down for the Reggie Bush imbroglio.
Let’s get this straight and make it perfectly, crystal clear, though: we are not reporting that Garrett’s head is currently resting on the chopping block and merely awaiting the ax to fall. The rumblings, however, suggest that may ultimately be the case, and possibly in very short order.