USC's Hackett backs ex-Coach Tim Floyd
Hackett landed hard on the side of USC Coach Tim Floyd, who resigned Tuesday in the face of a mass exodus of players and an NCAA investigation stemming from O.J. Mayo's one season as a Trojan.
Hackett said, "I feel like with all this speculation, Coach Floyd did a selfless act. He resigned for the sake of the program to save the players from scrutiny and embarrassment. He acted like a man."
On the one season he played with Mayo, Hackett said, "I know there were a lot of people around O.J. But I don't think Coach Floyd did anything wrong. He would do nothing like that."
Meanwhile, Anthony V. Salerno, the attorney who represents Louis Johnson, a onetime confidant of Mayo, had a different view of the situation.
Salerno: "What it looks like is that [Athletic Director] Mike Garrett gave Floyd the option of chewing a cyanide capsule instead of conducting a public execution. Floyd decided to bite the capsule."
Johnson claimed Floyd gave an agent's "runner" who was connected to Mayo an envelope with at least $1,000 on Feb. 14, 2007.
-- Chris Foster
Photo: USC guard Daniel Hackett, left, talks with Coach Tim Floyd during UCLA's 64-60 victory over the Trojans on Jan. 11. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire