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USC's Garrett says people are suffering from Trojan envy

Rumors have been floating around for quite awhile that Mike Garrett might not be long for his job as athletic director at USC.

Given “the lack of institutional control” levied on his athletic program in the wake of NCAA sanctions Thursday, some have predicted that it’ll be sooner rather than later that Garrett is somehow relieved of his duties.  That remains to be seen but, if Garrett is going down, he’s not going down without throwing a few haymakers first.

Speaking at a booster club meeting shortly after the historic sanctions were levied on his football program, Garrett was defiant and not the least bit contrite over the events of the day.

“As I read the decision by the NCAA,” he told the group, “… I read between the lines and there was nothing but a lot of envy. They wish they all were Trojans.

“Today I got a purpose for really wanting to dominate for another 10 years.”

Garrett added he “felt invigorated by this stuff” and that “with the penalty we got today I know we’re bigger than life.”

Oh.  My.

Insufferable much, Mr. Garrett?

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28 Responses to “USC's Garrett says people are suffering from Trojan envy”
  1. SoFlaTrojan says: Jun 11, 2010 10:55 AM

    Garrett has got to go!!!!!!!

  2. John Taylor says: Jun 11, 2010 11:00 AM

    SoFlaTrojan: One of my bosses at NBC is a USC alum and a huge Trojan fan, and has been saying that for many, many months. It seems like he’s far from alone.

  3. Harold's Beaver says: Jun 11, 2010 11:07 AM

    The epitome of the southbound end of a northbound jackass.

  4. CJ says: Jun 11, 2010 11:08 AM

    Does USC drug test their employees?

  5. mikehoncho says: Jun 11, 2010 11:20 AM

    What a knuckle head…. Are you kidding..

  6. SoFlaTrojan says: Jun 11, 2010 11:25 AM

    John,
    I think most of the Trojan nation wants him out. There were alot of rumors that he was part of the reason PC left. I know people will say PC knew the sanctions were coming and maybe thats true but there was alot more going on.

  7. alfredb says: Jun 11, 2010 11:26 AM

    This idiot has been invisible while Kiffin, Carroll, Bush, and everybody else is taking a bullet.
    He sounds like DeAngelo Hall, the dumbest man in football.

  8. Piro says: Jun 11, 2010 11:33 AM

    Every article I read, USC in the 2000s sounds more like Miami in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
    Guess what, Garrett- they were guilty too.

  9. edgy1957 says: Jun 11, 2010 11:39 AM

    Garrett just doesn’t get it. There IS a lack of institutional control and he’s blind if he can’t see it. My God, this is the kind of crap gets an the Death Penalty but a USC (or Alabama) faces severe but manageable punishment.

  10. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 11, 2010 11:46 AM

    Envy. Yup, that’s it. It was another type of green that made everyone despise you.

  11. Tha Hamburger says: Jun 11, 2010 11:55 AM

    This guy makes being a circus clown look a hell of a lot better than being an AD.
    This doesn’t make me wonder about his sanity, it makes wonder where he stables the elephants…

  12. cooper says: Jun 11, 2010 12:03 PM

    Mike Garrett needs to check into a mental institution or at least the nearest hospital to get an enema, he is suffering from being ” too full of it “. Even though USC will always have a good team because they are the main university in the largest and most populated state in America nobody likes cheaters or an institution that thinks they are above the rules that every college has to abide by. Some of the 5-star recruits in California deserve that distinction but most of the California 5- star recruits would be lucky to get a 3 or 4 star status in Texas or the Southeast where football is a way of life starting in Jr high. USC deserves every thing they are getting . Mike Garrett it’s not envy being felt, it’s satisfaction .

  13. bradleygator says: Jun 11, 2010 12:05 PM

    WTF wit this guy? I think this guy just jumped Tony Heyward, Sarah Palin and Lloyd Blankfein for most asinine public statement after publicly disgracing yourself. (Note to readers of this site: those are all figures from what we call the news).

  14. BroncoInMontana says: Jun 11, 2010 12:45 PM

    @SoFlaTrojan
    What sort of stuff are you talking about between Garrett and Carroll? I’m interested…?

  15. frydorov says: Jun 11, 2010 12:47 PM

    When did the Iraqi Minister of Defense take over as the AD of USC?

  16. TuckFW says: Jun 11, 2010 12:58 PM

    Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.

  17. stnmmc says: Jun 11, 2010 12:58 PM

    Cooper..CA is not the largest state in the union. That would be Alaska, and do not quote me on it but I thought Texas was number 2.

  18. ildeuce says: Jun 11, 2010 1:09 PM

    No, Mr. Garrett, we do not want to be Trojans. We know how to win national championships without cheating. If there was any doubt before there isn’t anymore; The University of Florida Gators were the most dominant team of the past decade.

  19. SoFlaTrojan says: Jun 11, 2010 1:18 PM

    Bronco,
    There are some people who feel that Garrett was jealous of the fact that PC was the face of the program and not him. Which created tension between the two to the point Garrett did a radio interview a few weeks before PC left and came down pretty hard on the football program for their performance.
    Garrett was pretty powerless when it came to PC because the boosters loved PC because he brought SC back from the ashes. So there was no way he could force PC out the door or fire the coach. PC was the big man on campus and great for the city of LA with his charity work.
    As PC did every couple years he flirted with the idea of going to the NFL. My personal opinion is that he did it for leverage to get pay raises but who knows. Supposedly he came to Garrett and told him the Seahawks are interested. Garrett basically said something to the effect of “take it” and thats when PC left.
    Again these are just rumors but the radio interview is fact and he was way out of line. I know alot of people think PC left because he knew sanctions were coming. But nobody expected the NCAA to come down this hard on the program.

  20. SoFlaTrojan says: Jun 11, 2010 1:32 PM

    ildeuce,
    Why not LSU?
    ” Rainey said in a story published Tuesday. ‘When I walk around, people are buying me food, giving me money. I’m like, `Damn, I’m glad I’m Chris Rainey. It’s real nice to be me.’ ”

  21. hrmlss says: Jun 11, 2010 1:56 PM

    In a related move Garrett has Petitioned the Big -12 to have USC change conferences…..

  22. louisianaguy says: Jun 11, 2010 6:16 PM

    USC fielded professional teams.
    USC didn’t recruit the best players; it hired them.

  23. Jimsjam33 says: Jun 11, 2010 8:10 PM

    Mike Garret was a high school All- American football player at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles in 1961. He entered USC in 1962 and in 1965 won the Heismen Trophy for excellence on the football field . He was drafted by the LA Rams , but decided to help establish the AFL in it’s battle with the NFL .
    Garrett has always been about excellence on and off the field . He is honest , smart , and compassionate for the players he recruits and provides excellence for USC in all facets of college sports.
    If excellence is a crime then Mike Garrett is guilty ! By the way USC is the Big dog in college sports . ( All of them ) Thanks Mike !

  24. SonofCalifornia says: Jun 11, 2010 8:44 PM

    Garrett is a moron…that is why that stuff happened and nobody did anything. I guess he got paid when he played, too. Get rid of him.

  25. DCroz says: Jun 11, 2010 9:16 PM

    Trojan envy? Nah, I use Lifestyles.
    Garrett is both a tool and a fool. His arrogance exemplifies the very attitude that led to USC getting in this situation. Rather than shooting off his mouth, he’d better be kissing all the trustee ass he can to keep his job seeing as how THREE Trojan programs got bitch-slapped on his watch, all at the same time.
    By the way, John Taylor, I forgot to ask: Does this make up for Kiffie-Boy losing in the Esquire “Sexiest Woman Alive” contest for ya?

  26. John Taylor says: Jun 11, 2010 9:21 PM

    @ DCroz: No, nothing could ever make up for Kiffin getting bounced in the tourney. Nothing.

  27. BAMATIME says: Jun 12, 2010 7:44 PM

    TO Jimjams33
    Your comment on USC being the Big Dog in college football – Please take notes here:
    The fact is :
    As of the 2008 season, Alabama and USC have played 7 times with Alabama leading the series 5-2.
    09-24-1938: Alabama 19, USC 7
    01-01-1946: Alabama 34, USC 14
    09-12-1970: USC 42, Alabama 21
    09-10-1971: Alabama 17, USC 10
    10-08-1977: Alabama 21, USC 20
    09-23-1978: USC 24, Alabama 14
    12-28-1985: Alabama 24, USC 3
    Nuff said.

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