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USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:32 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Nearly 48 hours before their season opener, USC will shockingly take the field without a key staff member.

Trojans' secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigned Thursday afternoon effective immediately citing personal reasons, according to a school statement.

"I stepped down today from my coaching duties at USC," Garza said. "I have some personal issues unrelated to USC that I need to address.  I wish the Trojans the best and I am sorry I won't be with them in what I know will be a very successful season."

Garza was entering his second year with the program and followed head coach Lane Kiffin to Los Angeles from Tennessee. The 42-year-old assistant also had coaching stops at Western Michigan, TCU, Tarleton State and North Dakota State before connecting with Kiffin and the Volunteers in 2009. Several USC beat writers confirmed that he was not at practice on Wednesday and that players were informed via text message Thursday morning.

Graduate assistant and former Trojan and NFL defensive back Sammy Knight is expected to take over Garza's responsibilities. USC plays Minnesota at 12:30 PM on Saturday.
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Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: September 3, 2011 7:09 am
 

USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

last i checked LK has had nobody die under his watch, nor have any players been accused of rape or driving drunk. One could easily argue suspending Tyler for what he said  is a little harsher than  what Floyd got even though Mark did not break any laws.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:49 pm
 

USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

One additional thought. The LATimes.com article mentions the probe by the NCAA into Mack Garza accredited to "multiple websites". We all know how accurate that can be. Wink Pat Haydin and Lane Kiffin have both said that they can only confirm what has been said up till now.

There maybe more to come but until other substantiated statements are made let's keep our cool. Cool



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:31 pm
 

USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

USC will shockingly take the field without a key staff member.
Shocking???? Huh?? Until we no more, this is just a small bit of news under the college football heading. No probe, no NCAA, no bad coach, no troubled AD - just news of a coach leaving a team for "personal reasons". USC will adapt so let's not speculate or assume until something more concrete surfaces. No pun intended.



Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:38 pm
 

USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

Kiffin is a poison.  Look at his track record....Offensive Coordinator at USC for the Reggie Bush fiasco,  Head Coach for the Raiders where he was hated.  Head Coach at Tennessee, where he is also hated.  Now back at USC with the noose slowly tightening around his neck.  Trojan fans will grow to hate Kiffin like everyone else.



Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:41 am
 

USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

Just to clear things up:

Numerous reports say Trojans officials have been told Garza was named during an NCAA inquiry into former scout Willie Lyles. Garza cites 'some personal issues unrelated to USC' as reason in statement.


Fischer when you post a story, put some substance into it.  For anyone ineterested, it the USC lead story at latimes.com.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:28 am
 

USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

Well, if the NCAA probe is still on-going, then he left "in the middle of it," didn't he?

Journalists may not "lie," but the "truth" they tell you is often not the truth you'd expect.



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:39 am
 

USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

Did I miss something here or does the title not match the story? What probe is happening that forced him to quit? Wait noone will see this comment unless I title it Hot, young naked women. :) Support your claim with facts Fischer, journalism 101.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:07 am
 

USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

Regardless of what his reasons are for stepping down, assistant coaches are not left with much of a choice if their coach is dirty.  I'm not saying Kiffin is or isn't but just saying the assistant either has to do what Kiffin says or resign if he doesn't like it.   I know in the past assistant coaches have taken the blame for head coaches and I think it's a joke.  The assistant coaches are under the direct orders of the head coach and should be because the head coach's job is on the line.


This makes perfect sense and it's clear what you're not saying. Kiffin is under a microscope like no other from Pat Haden, who will not tolerate ANY improprieties whatsoever. Do you honestly think Kif would put his job and very existence on the line at this point with SC?

Right now, today, with Pat Haden at the helm, there is no cleaner program in college sports period.

People, you have brains, so use them.



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:59 am
 

USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

And in an unrelated story, writer Bryan Fischer was seen deep kissing a man on santa monica blvd in west hollywood. Hey, to each his own, good for you bra! How about that lead in huh Bry?

Good luck to coach Garza with his family issue amid the ncaa probe. Speaking of probes, writer Byron Felcher was seen being probed with a long cylindrical object on the corner of fairfax and santa monica in west hollywood, details forth coming....



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:54 am
 

USC secondary coach Willie Mack Garza resigns

Regardless of what his reasons are for stepping down, assistant coaches are not left with much of a choice if their coach is dirty.  I'm not saying Kiffin is or isn't but just saying the assistant either has to do what Kiffin says or resign if he doesn't like it.   I know in the past assistant coaches have taken the blame for head coaches and I think it's a joke.  The assistant coaches are under the direct orders of the head coach and should be because the head coach's job is on the line. 


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