October 17, 1998
Only way to describe USC's second-half collapse during the 32-31 humiliating loss to Cal: Coach Hackett's Offense Keeps Evaporating! TOMMY CHENG, Torrance College is supposed to be a learning experience. So what did we all learn after USC's debacle? 1. Mike Van Raaphorst has a JV arm; 2. Frank Strong can't block and has hands of glass; 3. the offensive line is offensive; 4. no more need to ask why Billy Miller and Antoine Harris don't have more receptions; 5. Larry Parker should play in a straitjacket; 6. brain-dead penalties will kill you every time; 7. a defensive game plan of leaving the middle of the field and the flats uncovered doesn't work; 8. with seven seconds left on the clock and the ball on the one-yard line, it's OK to run one more play; 9. the officiating can't get any worse, and 10. you can lose at home to an inferior team even when leading by 21 points.
October 7, 2000
Coach Hackett: It's not the uninspired play against mediocre teams I question. Nor is it the mindless drive-killing penalties. Shoot, it's not even the predictable play calling. I've come to accept that those things, much like Heisman trophies used to be, are our new tradition at USC. What I do have trouble understanding though is that there are over 200,000 kids playing youth soccer in the state of California, and we can't recruit one of them to kick field goals? John Robinson is UNLV's problem now, let's hope you're someone else's after this season.
October 31, 1998
If I follow Paul Hackett's logic, USC must now be the team to beat in the Pac-10, since they lost to the team to beat in the Pac-10, who received that distinction by losing the previous week. CHRIS PISANO, San Pedro USC in the Rose Bowl game [Oct. 28]? Somebody wake up Paul Hackett; he has fallen asleep again. DAVID ALLEN TYAU, Pasadena It appears that Coach Paul "Buddy" Hackett actually has guts; after all, it takes courage to face the media and fans week after week, trying hopelessly to defend some of the most astonishingly inept coaching decisions imaginable.
October 28, 2000
Ted Tollner took USC to a Rose Bowl with a third-string quarterback. Larry Smith was perhaps a Rodney Peete interception away from a national championship. John Robinson snapped a 12-year winless streak against Notre Dame. Of course, when these coaches hit the inevitable "ebb" that is the flow of the ultra-competitive Pac 10, they got dumped by ultra-impatient USC administrators (that's you, Mike "I Just Want Good Coaching" Garrett). Now, for perhaps the first time since the '50s, USC really does have a bad coach.
November 26, 1992 |
Paul Hackett was forced to resign as Pittsburgh's coach Wednesday after three seasons marked by poor records, declining fan support and the dwindling prestige of what formerly was one of college football's premier programs. Hackett, who had at least three years remaining on a multiyear contract, was permitted to resign, but obviously was forced out. Hackett, 45, who was 13-20-1 at Pitt, read a brief statement at a news conference, but declined to take questions.
April 25, 1998 |
USC's football team learned to walk the line in its first spring under new Coach Paul Hackett. But everyone knows it won't matter unless the Trojans improve between the lines next season. There have been 6 a.m. workouts and repercussions for missing classes. Harder-hitting practices and more fundamental coaching. Typical stuff of a new regime, some of it.