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Pat Haden Tapped as New USC Athletic Director

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LA Times' Bill Dwyre is reporting that former USC quarterback Pat Haden has been selected to replace Mike Garrett as athletic director of USC beginning August 3. The announcement is expected to take place later today from the school's president-elect Max Nikias who will also take over for the retiring Steven Sample on the same day.

Haden, twice an academic All-American, played for coach John McKay from 1972-74 winning a National Championship in 1972 and 1974. A Rhodes Scholar, McKay spent parts of 1975-78 at Oxford while a quarterback with the LA Rams. He is best known as being the color commentator for Notre Dame football games on NBC.

Haden will be taking over for an embattled Garrett who has seen his men's basketball, football and women's tennis teams take a hit by the NCAA. The football program in particular received the harshest penalties by the NCAA for a football program since Southern Methodist University received the death penalty for their 1987 season.

Haden has been a member of the USC Board of Trustees for 19 years.