USC president C.L. Max Nikias released a statement today expressing his full support of athletic director Pat Haden. Nikias’ statement read as follows:
“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.”
Haden has been under fire the past few days following the termination of football coach Steve Sarkisian, who was fired yesterday following multiple incidents with alcohol both this year and, allegedly, last season. Sarkisian has been replaced by assistant Clay Helton on an interim basis.
That said, Trojans fans can look forward to Haden continuing to take the Trojans forward despite hitting this bump in the road. He has been with the program since 2010 and despite all of what has happened this week, a sigh of relief can be breathed as he now has the support of the one man who matters besides the fans.
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