Paul Hackett Gets Big Endorsement

This might be the most positive comment I’ve ever heard about Paul Hackett and it comes from NFL Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu.

“There were colleges that wanted me only for baseball and not football,” Polamalu said. “Most colleges were both, including USC. When I went to USC, the agreement was that I was going to play both.

“After the football season, Paul Hackett was like, ‘Sorry, you’re a football player.’ I’m like, ‘Wait, what are you talking about?’ He said, ‘No, you’ve got a football scholarship.’ I didn’t play baseball. He was a great coach. I learned so much from him. He had a huge influence on me.”

Polamalu is always classy but these are still high compliments. If you read this story, it is notable for two reasons: Hackett actually did an interview and it says he and assistant coach Kennedy Polamalu had to convince the rest of the staff to take Troy Polamalu.

  • USC has hired Beong-Soo Kim as its general counsel. Kim was a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and most recently worked as a top attorney at Kaiser Permanente. More information here.

16 thoughts on “Paul Hackett Gets Big Endorsement

  1. Why would Hackett – as the head football coach at that time – have to “convince the rest of the staff” to take a player he wanted? Was it like the corporate culture at Starbucks during his coaching tenure, where everyone from every department had to sit around and hold hands and agree on everything in order for a decision to be made?

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  2. And Ed Orgeron couldn’t convince Paul Hackett to give Mike Patterson a football scholarship, because he thought he was too short, and fat. Hackett was eventually fired, and Orgeron didn’t have too much convincing to do with Pete Carroll, so they offered Patterson, and the rest is history. Clay Helton looks very much like Hackett, especially when he takes his hat off. But the other thing they have in common is, that they’re both dumb asses, who can’t can’t lead a potential top 5 program. 😂😂


      1. That’s not what Ed Orgeron stated, he said Pete asked him if he could play football regardless of his physical stature, and he said yes.


  3. Meanwhile, in terms of USC’s financial situation, one administrator at USC sent out the following letter indicating “post-scandal” expenses that may approach another $160-$200 M, over and above what they have paid thus far:

    “The provost refers to an additional 100M this year and 60-100M additional next year to deal with the post-scandal world! What are those expenses? Nobody knows exactly. The leadership is being opaque about it. How much is USC spending on consulting fees to McKinsey and others? Those consultants should never have been hired. They are costly, their value is doubtful and there is enough expertise on Campus.”

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    1. Apparently Folt & Caruso feel there will never be enough expertise on campus, 67…. far better to spread decision making out as broadly as imaginable….at as great an expense as possible….

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      1. Michael, who will ultimately take the fall for all of this?

        I have a sneaking suspicion it could be owns…


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      2. I’ve heard it’s gonna be my friend Owns, too. Folt is already lining up “witnesses” & forging the necessary paperwork….

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  4. Paul Hackett:
    One of the best Quarterback coaches ever. He did a tremendous job with Vince Evans and Rob Hertel. For that alone he deserves some credit from USC. Ask Jon Gruden about Paul he is at the top of the list for QB coaches. I remember a young Vince Evans who was quite erratic as a passer, and Hackett in 1 year transformed him into a very good QB.
    However, one of the worst head coaches ever. He like many assistant coaches failed because many do not have the leadership qualities to lead and motivate young men.
    There is a big difference between an assistant coach on a football team ,and a head coach. Many assistant coach promoted to head coaches don’t make it because they lack the skills to organize, lead, and motivate.
    Clay Helton? Well he has neither the qualifications and skills to be an assistant or head coach. What in the world is USC thinking???????

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    1. Great piece, tommy. Anyone who watched Hackett interact with the team or recruits once he became Head Coach could see he didn’t have a clue. But unlike Helton he was upper echelon in maximizing a QB’s skill set….

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    2. I think Hackett groomed Paul McDonald also.
      Going back to those years, however, Hackett left the cupboard bare.

      After McDonald graduated, I think we started a 5th yr Senior/former Walk-on Gordon Adams for 1980 (and had our unbeaten streak end) in 1980. Gordon’s job was to hand off to Marcus. Lefty John Mazur started (as a soph I think) in 1981. His job was to hand off to Marcus. Our passing game was deplorable. Sean Salisbury started (as a soph I think) in 1982 but Hackett was gone by that time.

      Scott Tinsley filled in admirably from 1980 to 1982 and is underappreciated IMHO. Check out Scott’s performances Vs UCLA and ND in that 1982 season. He was a gamer!


  5. Another “good guy” Troy Polamalu story I heard was from some Steelers fans.

    Apparently, the story got out in Pittsburgh that Troy, even after he joined the Steelers, on Mother’s Day would not only call his mother, but also the mothers of his closest childhood friends in Oregon to wish them all Happy Mother’s Day.



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  6. Troy was a remarkable two sport athlete, a rarity in these days but what people may not recall, he was out his last high school season with a knee injury too. Hackett spotted and recruited excellent talent; yes the blue chips, but also picked up on smart guys. And he knew QBs. He also had to clean up a program that had become the poster child of entitlement- and he was over his head there but he pushed out a lot of trouble kids. He was a shit head college head coach, lacking leadership, an egg head they say that couldn’t relate to everyone. Not surprised Troy loved him, he’s smart, humble, was mature in college.

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