Mike Garrett Surfaces

Former USC athletic director Mike Garrett keeps a low profile in Kansas City but he is an honorary host for a fundraiser Donald Trump is holding for Herschel Walker.

You might remember Garrett ran for office and lost before he became athletic director. Hard to believe with his magnetic personality.

  • Today is the 16th anniversary of the Bush Push? Time flies. But I still have my Nottingham Forest soccer jersey.

73 thoughts on “Mike Garrett Surfaces

    1. Garrett is total jerk supporting Trump and Walker. Don’t quite
      understand the Blacks with some money being conservative
      Republicans. You theghostofjohnmckay should be flushed down
      the toilet to drink the dirty waters ignored by the losing party.

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      1. 100%!
        I hate it when Blacks have differing ideas about what’s in their best interest…

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    2. Didn’t Garrett get fired from his LA State AD gig for sexual harassment?

      So it’s apropos Emperor Garrett should be fronting a political fundraiser for that bona fide AH, Donald J. Trump, and Trump’s various brownnosing, political lackeys.

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      1. Can you cite your sources for first paragraph?
        [If not, can a loaded question constitute libel]?


      2. If not, can a loaded question constitute libel]?

        Good question, but not for this blog.

        As to S’ question, free thinking Blacks, guess he hasn’t heard…They’re off the Plantation now!


      3. …So all the otherwise libelous statements made here are okay? Yea! That’s what I was hoping….
        I like your style, Watcher, whoever you are..


      4. “Brownshirting”, not “brownnosing.” I wonder who applies DJT’s orange makeup now that his is living in his swamp.


  1. Flow: I’ve never seen so much disgust in one’s face in one of THE most exciting moments in all of sports. Especially from an alum. Or was that just your “unbiased journalism?”

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  2. I live near Garrett and talked to him briefly at a grocery store last year. Nice guy. I’ve seen him out walking several times since then. He lives in the highest median household income zip code in Kansas City. It’s an area known for being liberal. Interesting that he’s not.

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      1. Not exactly classic satire. Owns, in effect, has perfected double-reverse ad absurdum humor….


      2. Based on what I’ve witnessed in the Palm Desert area , St. Pat has an appetite for what’s in other guys jockstrap 😉

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    1. I met him at a high school fund raiser when he lived in Pasadena. It was about a year after he left SC. I would agree he was genuine and gave a great talk. The only AD that had are BB and FB teams in the top 5 in same year

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    2. Charles – Believe I live in the same general quarter of the city, but probably more to the outskirts (proximate to the OP Arboretum) – it is actually a lot like many parts of the U.S., to include California (divided population between views, with many in the middle or independent with a patchwork consisting of elements from both sides of the artificial barrier).

      Have never met Mike Garrett. Doesn’t matter. Haven’t met any of the people we’ve discussed (my celebrity athlete – in the barest sense of the concept – being limited to playing college baseball with David Segui and Kevin Young…which in our program gave us a chance to practice with Joe Carter for a week…and to shake hands with Dick Tidrow and Gene Stephenson).

      Garrett is a truly historical figure in college and professional football. Super Bowl champion. First back to rush for 1000 yards with two different franchises. Heisman Trophy. Part of 1964 comeback upset of the Irish. Picked AFL over NFL. AD who hired Pete Carroll and resurrected USC’s football program to usher in the current age of college football in many respects. Smart or insightful enough to hire young Kiff when the program was staring at the precipice (and as it turns out by doing so having at least forestalled that in total for over a decade).

      Have seen nothing in your posts to cause me to doubt anything you say and rarely disagree with your expressed viewpoints. So I take it on your good word that he was nice. Reputation for surliness is frequently bestowed by those who wanted something that wasn’t to be made available to satisfy their craving. Privacy is a right, and should be all but absolute. Accusations are not proof. This society is cancer-ridden with that mentality, and it is often, as here, expressed by those who attack one while excusing another equally or more “guilty.”

      Greatly appreciate your sharing that story and would hope the majority of those with interest realize that Mike Garrett is on the Mount Rushmore of USC football (final note: what he did as a player was actually accomplished largely during a slight downturn between McKay powerhouses – he carried a far greater burden than anyone with the possible exception of Ricky Bell in 1975).

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      1. James,
        As Morgan Freeman said to Mickey Rourke after he mowed all the bad guys down at the end of Johnny Handsome, “Nice work!”

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      2. James, thanks for the reply. If I understand correctly, you are in the outskirts at about 159th St. I’m in Waldo and Garrett lives about a mile from me in Brookside.

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      3. Charles — Wish things had turned out a little better for Mickey at the end — still, got to kick some ass and go out a hero…

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      4. Yeah Mickey was a handsome dude back then … I remember a picture of him talking to (and most likely hitting on) Cindy Crawford in some club.

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      5. Charles:

        Very, very close – next exit south (179th just off 69 – for the next three months…in process of relocating to Costa Rica…not quite MG’s environs, but similar notion) … while finishing up as a visiting student at UMKC I clerked for an attorney who lived in your neck of the woods (great area – big fan of Aixois).

        You got me thinking about something I had mentioned on here several years ago – the slight USC-Kansas City connection (also had thought of when there was some discussion of Bienemy as a candidate)…Mike Garrett is the most significant…Steve Busby could have been equally so…but when I grew up here, there was Brad Budde/Rockhurst, Michael Harper/Hickman Mills, and then Rodney Peete/Shawnee Mission South…nothing more (other than routine NFL one way – Marcus Allen, Johnny Morton, then Matt Cassel – and the other – Todd McNair) until Deland McCullough…


      6. Yep you’ve reminded me of those guys. I was talking to a woman whose son went to Pembroke and now at USC. She said he had 20 HS classmates that also went to USC. I had no idea.

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      7. Went to Rio de Janeiro in August for the second time … I know it’s different from CR. A buddy was talking about moving to CR and now Rio … I love adventure but maybe not that much.

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      8. I wasn’t aware of that either, but neat…I remember January 1, 1985 (every time the debate over Jack Del Rio, it’s the first thing I think of), watching USC-Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on a brutally freezing day here…seeing the warm sunny weather, the palm trees…and wondering why in the **** my parents hadn’t Beverly Hillbillied us out there (still hadn’t grasped that part about Jed and the oil money, which would be the explanation, as we had only Northland money, not Texas Tea)…

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      9. Rio would be far too much for me as well – CR is very Arubaesque in comparison. One of my neighbors I’m friendly with has traveled extensively on business trips throughout Latin American and the Caribbean (whereas I have previously just been on vacation twice, in addition to an assignment to Haiti in the Army) – think he would agree with your assessment from what he has said (he liked Buenos Aires and Montevideo, but was not a big fan of Rio or Sao Paulo).

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      10. Great essay, James.
        You nailed each and every point.
        Great to have your contributions around here.
        I’m sure you are a fine leader in your KC community.*
        That’s what being a Trojan (and not residing in LA) is about.
        Fight On!

        *I’ve done my best in Colorado these 30+ yrs.

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      11. Hey James — a little late to the party….but…. check out the lyrics to Michael Naismith’s “Rio” sometime —

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      12. MG: Are you sure you weren’t subliminally suggesting I need to watch “Blame it on Rio”? I might just interpret it that way…Michael Caine being in the news this week being the only reason, of course!


  3. He may not have a magnetic personality but who cares? What I want to know is is he competent at what he is doing. You have to think that way. If you don’t you end up with an incompetent with a Cheshire cat smile who kisses a lot of babies and doesn’t do much else(Like Kamala and Hillary). If I need a heart operation and I have 2 choices: 1) a guy who is the best in the businesses who, personality wise, is a real jerk and 2) a kid just out of med school who has never been closer to a heart operation than watching it done on a video but he is the nicest guy in the world…..I’m going with the jerk.

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      1. Doctor’s Orders, Micheal:
        1. Eat healthy–easy to do in Maui
        2. Stay fit–easy to do in Maui
        3. Moderate alcohol intake (2 beers OR 2 glasses of wine OR two shots of distilled spirits)
        4. Get your vax’s, get your early cancer detection tests

        5. Avoid the inside of a hospital at all costs.

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    1. Poor analogy 007; an intern just out of medical school would never be the primary cardiac surgeon your heart surgery. That intern may, at best, close the primary thorax incision.


      1. I’m just using a hypothetical example to make my point. I’m saying “if that were the case(regardless of if that could happen or not), which guy would I want”.


    2. There is that third person (male or female), parcelman007.
      Kind, compassionate, and expert.
      The challenge is in finding him/her/them.

      Man, my Med School class at Keck had about 100 out of 150 that filled that bill.

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      1. I’m positive the numbers say you’re right, Bourbon…
        …[But I guess we’re all overly influenced by our own family history (the most anecdotal of surveys, yes?). Every single person in my family has suffered under the care of very pleasant but mistaken medical “experts.”
        I actually don’t mind saying adios when my number gets called — I just don’t want a “specialist” killing me].

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  4. I went to the Cal game at Berkeley in 1995 which USC won. I read later that Garrett was with President Steven Sample in the the press box and yelling a slew of profanities during the game. Can you imagine Mike Bohn and Carol Folt together at a game!? “Yes Carol … no Carol … would you like more coffee Carol?”

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      1. Garratt was a good AD. He’s another example of someone who was good at his job but not good at hobnobbing with the country club elites.

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  5. Scott Wolf may be very liberal, but he doesn’t use his blog to further any political agenda. It’s all about USC football. His takes are more honest than anybody’s. He’s not beholden to Bohn, Folt, or anybody✌️

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      1. Baxter did get a gig at Michigan and with Harbaugh which ended with that block punt against Michigan State. Clay Helton totally clueless firing up the old Lane crew.

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      2. He was the Helton handpicked guy who told his unit to kick field goals with only 9 men on the field and be sure to leave the sidelines open when defending on kickoff returns…


  6. hi sports fans, coach carroll lamenting problem players flowers the db i explained to coach this guy stinks two seasons ago! carson the rb always injured should be jetisoned waved? penny same thing just unreliable bunch of players!? sincerely, Edward

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    1. Don’t worry –nobody’s gonna sue anybody around here. I mean, fuckadoodle.

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  7. Scott is such a (insert off color insult) that he ignored a story on Garrett helping at a college where his sons attend as a volunteer.

    “The football players were exhausted. That’s to be expected during the first two weeks of summer-conditioning workouts at Rockhurst High.

    As new head coach Kelly Donohoe scanned the field and looked toward the sideline, he noticed one of his volunteer assistant coaches working with a struggling player — and couldn’t believe his eyes.

    There, alongside the player, on the field doing the same drills, was 1965 Heisman Trophy winner and former Kansas City Chiefs star Mike Garrett.

    “He’s like 76 years old!” exclaimed Donohoe, the former longtime Blue Springs coach who this year made the jump to succeed retired Rockhurst coach Tony Severino with the Hawklets. “I’m like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’

    “I told our guys on several occasions, ‘Look, Coach Garrett’s over there doing this, you guys can do this.’ … Our kids obviously have tremendous respect for him.”

    After an illustrious football and post-football career, Garrett, indeed 76 years of age now, is embarking on his third season as a volunteer assistant at Rockhurst. Donohoe said Garrett comes to every practice, providing energy and imparting some of his vast football knowledge on anyone smart enough to listen.

    While neither of them play football, Garrett’s two youngest sons, Michael and John, are both juniors at Rockhurst. Coaching football there gives the former NFL running back an opportunity to see his sons more often and be just as involved with another family — the Rockhurst football family.

    “The experience coaching the team has been wonderful,” Garrett said. “Coach Severino, now with Kelly Donohoe … It’s such a fun experience to be touching young people and working with real good coaches.”

    In 2018, Garrett and Severino were inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. On the night of the ceremony, Severino asked Garrett if he had ever considered continuing coaching. When Garrett said no, Severino told him he’d love to have him on staff.

    The two had immeasurable football experience between them. Severino had coached Rockhurst for 35 years at the time; Garrett won the Heisman at Southern Cal and played for eight years in the NFL (a Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowler) before becoming the athletic director at USC and Langston University.

    After thinking it over with his family, Garrett decided to take Severino up on his offer.

    In his first two seasons, Garrett primarily worked with Rock’s running backs and receivers. When Donohoe took the top football job at Rockhurst after last season following Severino’s 37-year run, Severino told Donohoe that Garrett was one of his assistants. But Donohoe didn’t know if Garrett was interested in continuing in that role.

    If he wanted to come back, Garrett knew a red-carpet welcome awaited. And Donohoe knew the team enjoyed having him around.

    What Donohoe didn’t expect was how fiery Garrett would be on the field.

    If he sees something wrong from across the field during a defensive backs drill, Garrett runs over and corrects it. If a quarterback’s mechanics are off, he helps him fix it. If he has to go into a huddle, he’ll do that, too.

    “When he talks, they listen,” Donohoe said simply. “He’s not a guy that says a lot. But when he says something, he has seen something in the kid that he wants to see corrected, or he’s praising the kid for the effort he just gave. And that means a lot to those kids.”

    Garrett has his fair share of good coaches to emulate from his many years as a player. He said he learned a lot from his high school coach, Ray McLean, who also mentored him during his time at USC. And he played for Hall of Fame coaches John McKay at USC and Hank Stram in Kansas City.

    As a coach now himself, Garrett said one of the most important things he can do is get young people to believe in themselves. He knows that some of the high schoolers on the team will have the opportunity to play in college, so he said he tries to help them establish good work habits now that will continue to pay off down the road.

    When he gives 100 percent effort during practices, he expects the same from those on the team.

    “One of the things I teach is, in football, you’re either the attacker or the attackee,” Garrett said. “I only coach people who want to be attackers.”

    Garrett’s advice also extends beyond the field. He said he is just as interested in the players’ futures after football.

    “You want to play football like you want to live the rest of your life,” Garrett said. “And that’s being assertive, direct and always prepared. If you do that, it’s not very often you’re gonna lose.”

    Garrett also credits their eagerness to the success enjoyed recently by his old team, the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs.

    “I think because the Chiefs did so well last year, and Patrick Mahomes and company have gotten such great publicity, football is popular again,” Garrett said. “Before, we were fighting concussions and all that. Well, in Kansas City, kids are just coming out in droves because they love the Chiefs.”

    Mahomes made some memorable plays on the way to, and during, Super Bowl LIV — not the least of which came on “2-3 Jet Chip Wasp” early in the fourth quarter of the title game against the San Francisco 49ers.

    Garrett, meanwhile, is well-known by Chiefs fans for his part in “65 Toss Power Trap,” one of the most iconic plays in Kansas City history.

    Now, more than 50 years after that legendary run, Garrett is still on the football field. And when he looks back on that signature play, he remembers it being about more than just himself.

    It was about the same thing that drew him to Rockhurst as an unpaid assistant and keeps him there to this day.


    “I think more about my teammates,” Garrett said. “Otis Taylor is one of my favorite players of all time. I think about he and I and the whole team being in that game. … It was more like a family, and that’s why we succeeded so well.””

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    1. Thanks for that. Mike Garrett was and is a special kind of person. I’m not sure “Official USC” ever gave him the recognition he deserved. I am sure fans will remember all the contributions he made during & after his playing days…
      #ButAtLeastTheyGaveAllOfTheirHeartsWhenTheyPlayed —

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      1. MG, Emperor Garrett should receive a SUCC Big Boy medal with Oak Clusters for the tactful way he handled the Reggie “I saws the money and I tooks it” Bush problem with NCAA.

        #Not everybody wants to be a Clownster; no matter what Emperor Garrett claims.


      2. Mule – your tourette’s flaring again publicly – but at least your confining it to something your only incompetent as towards (rather than other matters that you clearly are infantile and deluded about).


        Feel so much better…mule-whispering can be so taxing…

        Mike Garrett: Heisman Trophy winning record-setting tailback, to include on team that rained on Ara’s parade in 1964…picked the AFL over the NFL (smartly)…Super Bowl IV champion and immortalized with 65 toss power trap…first back in history to rush for over 1000 yards with two different franchises…AD who hired Pete Carroll and ushered in a USC football renaissance…

        No proof of any allegations you or anyone else has made, just Himalaya-sized piles of envy…


      3. James — I don’t know why folks need to take cheap shots at Mike Garrett.
        Glad you’re putting his life in clearer perspective for some of our “readers.”

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  8. #20’s greatness as a man (and a beloved Trojan) is beyond reproach.
    The Superbowl IV victory is one of my earliest FB memories.*
    Nevertheless, probably my favorite Garrett accomplishment was his telling the
    NCAA infractions committee to GF themselves.
    He has become one of my favorite Trojans simple because of that.

    *That and Joe Kapp’s duck wobbling passes, Otis Taylor high-steppin’ it down the sideline.

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    1. I hope someday Carol Folt invites Mike Garrett back to receive a special “Thank You For Lighting The Way” Award….

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    2. Taylor rag-dolled the d-back and then pranced on in (like so many of the AFL West stars, he was ahead of his time)…

      And Hank Stram insisting on calling Lenny “Leonard”…and Judge Alan Page saying afterwards “Give the car to the kicker…after he hit the first one, we knew any time they crossed midfield they were in scoring position.” That Chiefs team gets a lot of respect, but still not its due…a review of what they accomplished to win that championship is mind-blowing…starting QB refused knee surgery and limped back to take over for rookie who handed the ball off while 5 or so HOFers refused to allow even minimal scoring…beat the reigning Joe Namath-led champs in NYC…beat the uncrowned champs of the era in Oakland…beat a juggernaut Vikes team decisively…

      and our man Mike Garrett was right there in the middle of it all…

      ha-ha-ha! 65 toss power trip…did I tell you boys? ha-ha-ha!

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      1. MG
        That team should have preceded the ’72 Dolphins in going 17-0…and they were in maybe the greatest division in pro sports history, along with perhaps the AL East in MLB during the late ’70s into ’80s (the AFL West with the Chargers, Raiders, and Chiefs, was loaded…the Broncos never had a winning season in the AFL, being stuck in that division).

        Regardless, two more USC connections also: Brad Budde’s father, Ed (where he got his size from – Ed was borderline HOF caliber player), and, although he wasn’t on the team that season, having been “loaned” to Houston (where he helped them make the playoff twice in three seasons), but was of that era (and actually concluded his career with) – Pete Beathard.

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      2. True story –A couple months ago I thought they’d left (actually they HAD left but they’d come back through the sliding door off the backyard) and I was talking about what a drag it always is to see them when I noticed they were standing in the next room……


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