USC AD Garrett apologizes for false recruiting accusations
USC athletic director Mike Garrett has apologized to the athletic directors of all five schools that were falsely accused of trying to recruit Trojans freshman Dillon Baxter last month after the NCAA's Committee on Infractions issued sanctions to USC that included a two-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions.
On June 11,
Washington spokesman Jeff Bechthold confirmed Wednesday that Huskies athletic director Scott Woodward received the same letter. Oregon spokesman Dave Williford confirmed his department also had received an apology letter from Garrett. Fresno State spokesman Steve Weakland confirmed that Bulldogs athletic director Thomas Boeh also received a letter.
"I have spoken with Mr. Baxter and he has now confirmed that he did not receive a call from your institution," Garrett wrote. "Therefore, USC has no intention of pursuing this matter further.
"I apologize for any inconvenience or embarrassment this matter has caused you and your institution."
When the accusation was made, several of the accused schools responded forcefully. Oregon coach Chip Kelly was especially adamant that no one on his staff had contacted Baxter. "No one from Oregon has talked or spoken with Dillon Bazter since his official visit in January," Kelly said in a statement released June 11.