Max Nikias Supports Pat Haden

USC president Max Nikias offered a public statement on behalf of Pat Haden this morning.

“As president of USC I am very, very fortunate to have Pat Haden as our Athletic Director – as is the entire Trojan Family.  He is a man of true character and integrity, he cares deeply for our student athletes, and he always makes their well-being his highest priority.

“Pat Haden has been doing an outstanding job in leading Trojan Athletics in the past five years and I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my unwavering support for him.

“I look forward to working with Pat Haden as our USC AD for many years to come.”

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USC Morning Buzz: Does Focus Now Shift To Pat Haden?

THOMPSONThe departure of Steve Sarkisian now means USC needs to hire another coach. And should Pat Haden be the person to do it?

“(Haden) has zero value as an athletic director,” former USC player and radio host Petros Papadakis said. “What can his value be after this? This is incredibly embarrassing for USC. I’m shocked and blown away there was a power structure at USC that left Sarkisian in charge. It is mind boggling.”

Could Haden be in trouble? USC president Max Nikias hired him and is very close to him. So right now, I don’t see him being in trouble.

Click on the illustration if you want a larger view of cartoonist Jim Thompson’s creation.

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USC Terminates Steve Sarkisian

Here is Pat Haden’s statement:

“After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately.

“I want to thank Clay Helton for stepping into the interim head coach role, and I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult situation.

“Through all of this we remain concerned for Steve and hope that it will give him the opportunity to focus on his personal well being.”

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The USC Plot Thickens

A USC administrator tells me Steve Sarkisian arrived on campus Sunday morning sober. But by the time USC held its special teams meeting, players believed he was not sober. That means something happened on campus between those two events.

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