Remember Pat Haden

With Chip Kelly the hottest coaching candidate in the country right now, it is worth remembering that two years ago, then-athletic director Pat Haden said he never spoke to Kelly regarding the USC job.

Now Haden can rebut that by saying USC’s won 20 games the past two seasons. But the fact he claims he never spoke to Kelly illustrates the lack of a coaching search he conducted to replace Steve Sarkisian.

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  • ItsAllAboutTheBall

    Why the fascination with Chip Kelly? Cheated in College and failed in the NFL

    • Pudly76

      Speeded up version of the run pass option is old and many teams are running variations of it. And defensively speaking, it is not as odd to prepare against it for the same reason, many teams are running it, unlike the triple option that only Navy and Georgia tech run, you never see it so you only practice to defend it once a year..

      • Old Trojans never die

        Agreed I got a kick outa the TV talking heads explaing the”West Coast offense” that Ucla was running. Not that anyone on the East Coast knows anything about football I mean their USC is South Carolina.

        • Pudly76

          Yup, but what really chaffe’s my privates, is how they were always called Carolina until lately, when they saw how powerful the brand was.

          • Old Trojans never die

            Well they ARE the gamecocks. Probably tired of being associated with chicken.

          • Pudly76

            Yea I used to have bird dogs and I just have a hard time picturing a mean chicken or duck or…

          • steveg

            Gamecocks, is that something Charlie Bucket would be interested in? LOL

    • Grammymb

      A proven cheater that was sanctioned by the Uber-corrupt NCAA. Why would we want him?

      • gotroy22

        Well we did take JRob back in 1993….

  • Paul Muad’dib

    I have the feeling that Chip Kelly will try to leave to the NFL again once something opens up.

    Plus we all know if USC hired Chip, Flow would be complaining about no power football and lack of size on the lines.

    • gotroy22

      He will pull a Vermeil if he has immediate success .

  • Lunderful

    I was in a class with Pat and held him in high regard until the skimming-from-charity caper. Now i don’t give him the benefit of any doubt.

    • Michael Guarino

      Oh! Wow! This I didn’t know! Haden was skimming from charities during class at USC?
      #WishWeHadKnownEarlier!

      • Lunderful

        Your take on my comment is unlike all the others who read it….numbering about 15.

        #ReadingComprehensionMatters

        • Michael Guarino

          It’s all good, Lunderful.
          Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Gabby

    Kelly had a show-cause penalty attached to his name, that’s why

    Another example of wolf’s low football IQ….when will this madness end

    • Sebastian Lane

      Well said.

  • Ignore_the_trolls

    Hiring Sark in the first place showed you his incompetence.

  • Trojans 6942

    I thank Mr. Haden for his days as a player. His loyalty and devotion to USC. But as a AD. he sucked, he put this athletic department behind ten years. Way too nice way too liberal.

    • Michael Guarino

      I agree. [I think it’s pretty obvious NOW that there were TWO Pat Hadens. Somehow a switch was made. The first Pat Haden would never have done the things the second Pat Haden did. Problems like this have happened in other countries, too. England, for example, had two Tony Blairs].
      #It’sNeverClearUntilIt’sTooLate

      • Trojans 6942

        Renovations alone. F’ up.

        • Michael Guarino

          So f’ing true.

      • steveg

        Haden seemed to always take the easiest way out. The coaches search was bogus, he looked out his window and saw Clay Helton and told his assistant to go tell him he is hired.

        • Michael Guarino

          I kinda like Helton (in spite of his shortcomings) —-but yours is the funniest version of Clay’s hiring I’ve heard yet.
          #ClayComesToSayThanks,HadenAsleep

          • gotroy22

            Who doesn’t like Helton personally? He’s like Santa Claus.

          • Michael Guarino

            Santa would never have left his uniform on the field at South Bend.

        • ItsAllAboutTheBall

          Mike Garrett hired Kiffin (January 2010). Haden started as AD in August 2010.

          • Goatboy Kiffin

            Haden was on the committee to hire that idiot Kiffin … Garrett had no say and wanted nothing to do with Goat

          • ItsAllAboutTheBall

            Wasn’t it Garrett that “Wanted to bring the band back together”..including pursuing Norn Chow?

        • gotroy22

          For a Rhodes Scholar he someone ended up lazy, stupid, visionless and incompetent. He was more energized using his power as AD to push his son’s political agenda than do anything positive for USC.

          • Michael Guarino

            Lazy, stupid, visionless and incompetent. Wow, gt! That perfectly describes both the Rhodes Scholars I’ve met in this life.
            #TimeToLookIntoSelectionCriteria

          • gotroy22

            I think after you win that you think that is all there is to life and start coasting.

          • Michael Guarino

            That would explain many things—from reaction to sanctions to coaching searches.
            #IWonARhodesScholarship…..
            #…TheRestOfMyLifeWillTakeCareOfItself

  • Linkster

    I say let Florida or ucla have Kelly. His fast pace style has been diagnosed and remedied in both collegiate and professional ball. It was certainly successful for about 4-5 years. Now not so much. Also, he was a failure in the NFL. I am not keen on Helton but I think I would rather have Helton than Kelly. I like Gruden!!

    • Pudly76

      Maybe espn will let him go in the next round of cutbacks.

      • gotroy22

        Maybe that’s why he is deciding today before being put on unemployment!

        • Pudly76

          Yup..never cared for his style on tv either.

          • gotroy22

            He seemed smug and out of touch on that college show.

          • Pudly76

            Yeah. Exactly how I felt. Like he was above it all. Like Charlie Weiss

          • Goatboy Kiffin

            He knows college football is flag football … and the Pac is awful. If Gomer can win 10 games … Wtf

    • steveg

      Fiumatalolo, Navy. Gruden isn’t all that great. I used to think he was until I read up on him. Tennessee is having 2nd thoughts about him also.

    • Goatboy Kiffin

      Good grief … Gomer over Chip post of the year right here folks

      • gotroy22

        Yes that is a bridge too far.

    • Sebastian Lane

      Spot on! And his salty, know it all attitude will no go over well at SC….

      Hear, hear….

  • LamontRaymond

    Scott Frost is the hottest coaching candidate in the country.

  • Independent_George

    “Remember Pat Haden”

    I’d rather not.

  • trojan_1972

    Haden was in a position to stop the insanity – instead he doubled down hiring Sark – that decision is inexcusable for many reasons, least of which is due diligence.

  • Tebow_Obama

    Pat Haden will forever be known as backing Kiffin 150% and then doubling down on the mess he made even worse by hiring Steve Sarkisian and Clay Helton.

    Good riddance to Pat Haden.

  • Michael Guarino

    Bleacher Report just announced that Chip Kelly is likely to come to UCLA because there “is no premiere program in the Pac 12.” To quote Tom Cruise, “that hurt more than I thought it would.”

    • Johnathan Colin

      Despacito. Le duele.

      • Michael Guarino

        Exactly, Johnathon (but I’m pretty sure that’s not the way Tom Cruise put it).

  • Michael Guarino

    For what it’s worth (probably not much), Gridiron Now is reporting that Florida screwed up their opportunity to get Kelly by not offering him a contract when they met and, beyond that, Kelly prefers the “comfort zone” of the Pac 12 to the SEC.
    Hope Helton makes the most of the rest of this season. Things could be about to get a lot tougher.

    • steveg

      You think Kelly will have that big of an impact the second time around?

      • Pudly76

        No

      • Michael Guarino

        Actually —given what he has to work with —-I think USC, Stanford and Washington will kick his butt for quite some time.

        • gotroy22

          But weren’t the ruins recruiting quality including dual threat QBs? It’s not like the cupboard is bare like Oregon State.

          • Pudly76

            DTR is a heck of a qb from LV. And they have a great class already, like usual. My question is “so what”?

          • gotroy22

            The Cougs do much more with less.

          • Pudly76

            Actually he’s the ruin qb recruit/commit. Dual threat. Did you see him vs MD?

          • gotroy22

            Yes, I think Kelly would love to coach him up.

          • Pudly76

            Not as fast as Mariota but a nice start. But our two are actually more his style, Sears and the king of the LA river are both faster.

          • gotroy22

            And our WR/QB Jalen Greene?

          • Pudly76

            It was said he could play qb without practicing, clearly a Renaissance man if there ever was.

          • Michael Guarino

            Current quarterbacks on UCLA’s roster —Modster, Lynch, Lee, Burton—- weren’t ranked in top 20 at their position coming out of highschool —–but that probably doesn’t mean much.

    • Pudly76

      Remember Michael, by the time we see a kelly led ruin team won’t be before November.

      • Michael Guarino

        …And we’ll be ready.
        #CountOnIt

  • Linkster

    I have often wondered why Pat Haden went off to be the color commentator on NBC Notre Dame football. The USC archrival. Did he need the $, prestige, what was it? As far as I was concerned, he crossed the line and I have never thought much of Haden since.

    • Michael Guarino

      It’s worse, Linkster. Pat didn’t just serve as Notre Dame’s “color commentator” ——he became their Number One S**k Up Apologist —-“The officials are missing the holding that’s been going on against Notre Dame all day. It’s awful!”
      #”IWannaKeepMyNotreDameGigForever&Ever&Ever!”

      • Pudly76

        Bobble head is trolling the ruins about Rosen’s love letter to mora. I think he’s gonna make somebody unhappy.

        And I helped

        • Michael Guarino

          Where can I find this, Pudly? I need the laugh today.

          • Pudly76

            Go to inside ruins on the link above

          • Michael Guarino

            Thanks —I’m on it!

        • Michael Guarino

          Just read the back and forth —- funniest thing on “Inside UCLA” ever! And —-think about how many wittle brubabes are seething with anger right now!
          #ClassicWin/Win

        • Michael Guarino

          Bless you —and Ed —my wife and I got a real kick out of that.
          #MadeInsideUCLAIntoMarketPlaceOfIdeas
          #ThankYouFramersForFirstAmendment

          • Pudly76

            Nothing like a good pre-holiday troll thru ruinville.

            Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

          • Michael Guarino

            Thanks Pudley! Same to you and yours!

          • grave soul

            If it was at all original or funny, I’d be the first person to give you props. But that was LAME!

          • Pudly76

            Perfect!! Just what I was aiming for. Stupid, tawdry, void of any socially redeeming value. Have a nice day.

          • Michael Guarino

            As someone who prosecuted umpteen obscenity cases—and, therefore, is an unintentional expert on redeeming value—–let me assure you Pudly that all your comments meet the United States Supreme Court requirements for “general value for reasonable people.”

          • grave soul

            You got it, Toyota!

          • gotroy22

            Sure you would gray stool. You are dishonest to the core.

          • grave soul

            Happy thanksgiving to you too, Goo!! Coming from a proven #fakenews fabricator of lies, your comments hold no weight and they mean nothing.

          • gotroy22

            Happy Spanksgiving to you, gray stool the preachy lying lib. You are as factual as your hero Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who “can’t remember” groping countless women. Your denial of your own words is Clintonian lying at its best.

      • gotroy22

        He really had no good reason…he was beloved by the Trojan Family and could have done something in media here in LA.

        • Michael Guarino

          Pat has a “screwy gene” which causes him to want to be loved by his enemies—–he would have made such a great Democrat candidate for President.

          • gotroy22

            It is funny he didn’t go into politics.

          • Michael Guarino

            I don’t know if you can fill every cabinet post with your family members.
            #I’llCheck,gt!

          • gotroy22

            I think his son’s issues kept him out.

          • Michael Guarino

            Pat would have made him Attorney General so he could recuse himself on anything that mattered.

      • ItsAllAboutTheBall

        He once referred to Notre Dame as the Gold Standard of College Football. That statement alone should have disqualified him from the AD job at USC.

        • Michael Guarino

          Michael Corleone would have done more than “disqualify” him for the AD job.
          #NeverTakeSidesAgainstTheFamily
          #Ever

        • SCgrad12

          Exactly. Think that happens at Bama?

    • SCgrad12

      The worst was before the 2012 game against N.D. when he stated “Notre Dame is the gold standard of college football.” I’ve never heard of another A.D. make a statement like that about a rival. He should’ve been fired on the spot.

    • Goatboy Kiffin

      Haden wanted to go to ND … John McKay said no you don’t

  • Evil Robot

    So, SC, fresh of NCAA sanctions, is going to go after a top dollar coach, fresh off a show cause penalty, for paying a street agent with a check. Yeah, seems like they really overlooked the obvious choice for the head SC gig. I supposed you’re upset Hayden didn’t try to buy out Art Briles contract.

    • Pudly76

      He was gonna be OC and head of compliance.

    • gotroy22

      How did Ohio State manage to get a top dollar coach while on NCAA sanctions? Mr. Roboto must be programmed by Pat Haden.

      • Evil Robot

        Because Meyer didn’t have a show cause penalty and even though Florida was super shady, he was in good standing with the NCAA. Also, the scope of the sanctions between the two schools wasn’t even close and it was largely that way because SC chose not to work with the NCAA.

        You can easily make a big hire while on probation, but the optics of bringing in a dirty coach isn’t going to fly.

  • Julio

    Haden is a legendary Trojan, and a forgettable AD. Mike Garrett did more for the program.

  • jim

    Pat Haden was the worst AD in the country and the highest paid. I guess, at SC, if you are a ‘yes man’, you can keep your high paying job even if you are totally incompetent.

    • gotroy22

      Was he Nikias’s puppet?

      • jim

        If he was then forget it. It doesn’t matter who we put in there at AD.

  • English 101

    Perhaps the Daily News should move Eeyore (a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, anhedonic, old grey stuffed donkey) to the blogger for the obituaries section or cover UCLA athletics.

  • Brutus Beefcake

    ahhh, i see the rumor mill has started to spin the Bruins way in the Chip Kelly derby!!!

    let see, you’re chip…..on one hand you have to learn SEC politics, and match wits with Malzahn, Saban, Smart……OR go to UCLA, face the Human Zero, Chad Hell-TON and choose between 4-5 stars all day long.

    #WelcomChip!!

  • timmay

    USC gave him everything. He’s a taker. The shameful crook stuff was a black mark that by itself he’ll never live down. It’s charities for God’s sake. Hiring and hiding an addict/lush not to mention letting the embarrassing antics of Kiffin go to that point is another mark. He angled for the job, then threw SC under the bus ironically with his “right way” comments, made it sound like he was doing SC a favor and then unseemly tried to hold on. There’s more but I don’t want to feed the UGLY trolls. But watch out when a man says as he did that his reputation is the most important thing to him. That’s someone who thinks more of how he seems rather than how he behaves or what his duties are to others.

  • Fred Sampson

    If only Pat Haden had a set, then USC would probably be playing for a national championship this year

  • Sebastian Lane

    Given Chip Kelly’s show cause and salty personality, Capper felt that Chip would be a bad fit. I don’t disagree. UCLA is desperate right now and looking to make a splash. Why don’t you ask UM how the Harbaugh hire has worked out? 1-6 versus Top 10 teams and zero championships in year 3.

    Hmmm….