What was Mike Garrett thinking? This question, of course, is based on the large and dangerous assumption that he was actually thinking. On the contrary, in handing his heavyweight USC football team to lightweight Lane Kiffin on Tuesday, Garrett has seemingly lost his mind. The USC athletic director's few remaining defenders have always deflected criticism toward Garrett by claiming he is a true Trojan.
This is who a true Trojan hires? A program that defines itself by victories over UCLA just signed a guy who was out coached by UCLA's Rick Neuheisel just four months ago, Kiffin's Tennessee team losing to the Bruins in Knoxville. I haven't yet talked to Neuheisel, but I can guess his two-word reaction to this move. "Thank you." This is who a true Trojan hires? A program that defines itself in consistency of leadership just acquired a guy who walks out of a Tennessee program after only one season.