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USC secondary coach resigns suddenly

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Just two days before USC takes on Minnesota to start the 2011 season, the Trojans are getting some unexpected (at least publicly) and unfortunate news.

Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News writes that USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza has resigned from his position immediately.

“I have some personal issues unrelated to USC that I need to address,” Garza said about his resignation. At this time, no other explanation has been given by Garza or USC about the decision.

Garza came to USC with Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin from Tennessee, where he was the defensive backs coach. Safeties assistant coach Sammy Knight is expected to replace Garza on an interim basis.

Again, at least publicly, this is a very sudden and strange move. Surely, there’s more to come on this.

UPDATED 5:20 p.m. ET: And, sure enough, there is. Reportedly, anyway.

Multiple media outlets, including CBS’ Bryan Fisher, have stated that Garza was removed from his coaching post by USC after Complete Scouting Services owner Willie Lyles told the NCAA he had a “relationship” with Garza predating the coach’s one-year stint at Tennessee. Lyles met with NCAA officials earlier this week to discuss his business practices with Oregon.

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3 Responses to “USC secondary coach resigns suddenly”
  1. soflatrojan says: Sep 1, 2011 4:46 PM

    Another victim of Will Lyles.

  2. WingT says: Sep 1, 2011 5:32 PM

    Looks like ole Willy had his hand in alot of pockets

  3. soflatrojan says: Sep 1, 2011 6:55 PM


    I am sure this guy had relationships with all the top programs. I know pics of hims and Pete Carroll were going around a few years ago. It was no secret what Willie Lyles was doing.

    Unless Emmert protects them I would expect LSU to be next door the NCAA knocks on. I didn’t realize Patrick Peterson was a Lyles kid at the time but it was pretty common knowledge PP was a pay for play kid just like Seastrunk.

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