USC athletic director Pat Haden has been fined $25,000 by the PAC-12 after he left the press box during the Trojans’ 13-10 win over Stanford to go down onto the field argue a call.
A member of the USC staff had texted Haden to come to the sidelines at the request of head coach Steve Sarkisian.
The conduct by [Haden] was inappropriate,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott stated. “Such actions by an administrator in attempt to influence the officiating, and ultimately the outcome of a contest, will not be tolerated.”
Haden and Sarkisian have both apologized for their actions.
“I regret putting Pat in the situation I put him in on Saturday. It is my job to manage the game, not Pat’s. For the good of the game, I will be better on this in the future,” stated head coach Steve Sarkisian.
Haden is a member of the College Football selection committee who will ultimately decide which four teams make the College Football Playoff.
His status as a member will not be changed.
“Emotional outbursts at games are not a matter for the playoff selection committee to deal with,” stated executive director of the College Football Playoff, Bill Hancock, “This does not affect Pat Haden’s capability as a committee member. We recognize that athletics directors cannot be dispassionate about their own teams, and that’s why we have the recusal policy.”
*Section Photo credit to Kirby Lee, USA Today Sports; Featured Photo (above) credit to Carlo Acenas, Daily Trojan