Paul Hackett Relieved Of Head Coaching Duties
Nov. 27, 2000
LOS ANGELES - After three years as head football coach, Paul Hackett was relieved of his duties today. The following is a statement by USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett.
STATEMENT BY ATHLETIC DIRECTOR MIKE GARRETT ON STATUS OF FOOTBALL COACH PAUL HACKETT:
'After a great deal of thought, I have decided that our football program will be better served by making a change in the head coaching position at this time.
'As USC's director of athletics, it falls to me to make an overall assessment each year of each of our head coaches. My primary concern in making these judgments is our student-athletes. As well as making sure they receive an excellent education, we want to make sure they achieve athletic success at the highest level.
'In making my judgment in respect to coach Paul Hackett, I took a number of factors into consideration. Paul came to us highly recommended and has worked very hard as our head coach. His poise under pressure in this trying season has been remarkable.
'Unfortunately, his hard work over the past three years has not translated into success on the field. He has not made the consistent progress that we expect at USC.
'I have enormous respect for Paul Hackett as a person and as a football professional, and I wish him every success in his future endeavors.
'We will begin a national search for a new head coach and hope to have him in place as soon as possible.'