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http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/ncf/news/story?id=5395550

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USC will replace athletic director Mike Garrett with former Trojans quarterback Pat Haden and return the Heisman Trophy won by Reggie Bush in 2005, university president-elect C.L. Max Nikias announced Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Times first reported Haden would succeed Garrett on Aug. 3.

Garrett has been under fire since USC was hit with numerous NCAA sanctions and a finding of "lack of institutional control" after lengthy investigations into benefits received by Bush and former basketball player O.J. Mayo.

Nikias also announced a number of changes within and related to the athletic department, naming new officials in charge of compliance with NCAA rules. And he said the university would take down murals featuring Bush and Mayo at the Galen Center, Heritage Hall and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

"The Trojan Family honors and respects the USC sporting careers of those persons whose actions did not compromise their athletic program or the opportunities of future USC student-athletes," Nikias said.

He said USC would return the Heisman won by Bush in 2005 to the Heisman Trophy Trust next month.

The decision was simply an extension of the self-imposed penalties which stated USC would dissociate themselves from Bush and Mayo permanently. The NCAA Bylaws also stated USC would have to "show cause why it should not be penalized further if it fails to permanently disassociate [bush] and [Mayo] from the institution's athletic program."

Bush still has his own Heisman Trophy. The Heisman Trust has not taken any action against Bush or made any request to have him return his copy of the trophy.

USC football faces a two-year bowl ban, loss of scholarships and the vacating of wins. The university has appealed several of the sanctions, saying they were "too severe" and "inconsistent with precedent." In the meantime, the program has lost a number of highly-sought recruits, who were allowed to leave when the sanctions were imposed.

The basketball program, in a series of self-imposed sanctions, vacated wins, gave back NCAA tournament earnings and banned itself from postseason play last season.

Hailing USC's athletic heritage as an important part of the school's history and student life, Nikias said the university is determined to strengthen that heritage. "USC ... will seek to excel in the coming years in a manner that is consistent with the highest values of the academy," he said.

He also thanked Garrett for his 17 years of service, calling him "a tireless advocate of USC athletics." Garrett had his own highly successful career as a Trojans running back, earning All-American honors two seasons and winning the Heisman Trophy in 1965.

"He will always be held in the highest esteem by all Trojans, not only for his exploits on the playing field but as a leader, mentor, teacher and a driving force behind USC's student-athletics," Nikias said.

Via Twitter, Reggie Bush's coach at USC, Pete Carroll, congratulated Haden on the new job. "Wish pat haden the very best in taking over as USC AD! I'll support in any way," the new Seattle Seahawks head coach said. "Congrats!"

Haden is currently an analyst for Notre Dame football on NBC. A Rhodes Scholar, he quarterbacked the Trojans to three Rose Bowls before playing in the NFL for the Rams from 1976-81. He is also a general partner in Riordan, Lewis & Haden, a private equity firm.

Haden will step down from the USC Board of Trustees to accept the appointment and will report directly to the president's office. Nikias said. He will also be appointed to the faculty of the school's business and communications schools.

Nikias also named David M. Roberts as vice president for athletic compliance and promoted Ellen Ferris, formerly the associate provost for athletic compliance, to associate vice president for athletic compliance.

"There will be a close collaboration" between the compliance office, the provost's office and the atheltic department, Nikias said.

Reggie Bush has not been asked to give back his own personal Heisman Trophy, but USC is returning the one they have for display.

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Great for USC, Garrett was pathetic.. Also reggie doesn't deserve the heisman and good they are giving it back.

Unless I am misunderstanding the situation, nothing changes about Reggie Bush winning the Heisman. USC just has to separate itself from Reggie Bush and OJ Mayo to prevent further punishment. Reggie is not being asked to return his own personal trophy.

It is very good for their athletics that Garrett was replaced, though. He wasn't doing anyone any favors with his attempts to "handle" the situation they've been in.

USC is doing the right thing here.

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Unless I am misunderstanding the situation, nothing changes about Reggie Bush winning the Heisman. USC just has to separate itself from Reggie Bush and OJ Mayo to prevent further punishment. Reggie is not being asked to return his own personal trophy.

It is very good for their athletics that Garrett was replaced, though. He wasn't doing anyone any favors with his attempts to "handle" the situation they've been in.

USC is doing the right thing here.

actually reggie bush will have to give his heisman back as well and there will not be a winner for that year.. usc just decided to give it back since they want to distance themselves from reggie.

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Unless I am misunderstanding the situation, nothing changes about Reggie Bush winning the Heisman. USC just has to separate itself from Reggie Bush and OJ Mayo to prevent further punishment. Reggie is not being asked to return his own personal trophy.

It is very good for their athletics that Garrett was replaced, though. He wasn't doing anyone any favors with his attempts to "handle" the situation they've been in.

USC is doing the right thing here.

Actually, it was requested that he give back his trophy. Sounds as if he's going to hold onto it as long as he can.

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Actually, it was requested that he give back his trophy. Sounds as if he's going to hold onto it as long as he can.

He can keep it but many people may choose to recognize Vince as the unofficial Heisman winner. He is going to hate visiting the Dome this year, I can't wait to see all the signs and props made to heckle him!!!

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He can keep it but many people may choose to recognize Vince as the unofficial Heisman winner. He is going to hate visiting the Dome this year, I can't wait to see all the signs and props made to heckle him!!!

It won't just be at the Dome. He's going to get heckled in each and every game the Saints play.

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