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.