to being beat up on the football board over the years by the few attacking, sky-is-falling group-thinkers (and no, I don't see you as a member of that group in good-standing :-)). If I was 66, I'd be defensive as hell too.
Now, I like the C. Miller possibility very much -- even though signing of USC alumni is not a great rationale for hiring somebody. But, look at the Cynthia Cooper's hiring for instance -- using her reputation as a great player, she really recruited some very good players. What did her in was her autocratic style. Miller, on-the-other-hand, is a legend at USC -- and my prediction would be that recruting talented, impressionable young players would be a slam dunk for her. IMO, this would be a great hire -- unless, of course, Garrett has tainted her.