It was met (rightly so) with skepticism, and Mc Grath insisted he had nothing to do with it, which PRISMATICS, the company that sent out the false release, confirmed Thursday night.
It did not matter that he had a scholarship offer from Army and a handful of walk-on spots at other Power Five schools. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mc Grath grew up an avid USC fan.He attended Mater Dei High, a football factory in Santa Ana, Calif., that doubles as a pipeline to USC football, known best for sending major quarterback prospects like Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley on to the Trojans.“I’m giving my best recruiting sales pitch, telling him he’d have a home here and he goes, ‘Coach, I’m in!’ ”“Gosh,” Helton laughed, “I wish they were all that easy.” Mc Grath never doubted USC was where he was supposed to be, even though walking on brings some uncertainty.Initially Brooks-as-Gaines was supposed to star in the film "The Lamb," and Brooks even released a soundtrack with the hit single "Lost In You." Things started to get strange though: Brooks invented an entire biography for Gaines, including that Gaines was born in Australia and moved to L. Brooks hosted "Saturday Night Live" with Gaines as the musical guest.
But the stunt did little to generate excitement, and Brooks returned to the music world as himself.
PRISMATICS take full responsibility for any confusion," the statement said.
In honor of this epic fail, we've compiled a list of other celebrity stunts--some that had the person's consent and some that were wild misunderstandings.
“I thought of it like this: You go to USC to be great,” Mc Grath said.
“So if I could go there and compete to be great, I was going to.” Common throughout college football, walk-on specialists typically receive notoriety because they screw up and cost their team a game.
So when head coach Clay Helton wandered into the room 45 minutes after Chase and Greg had sat down with special teams coach John Baxter to discuss Mc Grath’s future, and Helton mentioned they had a spot for him, Mc Grath didn’t hesitate.