USC athletic director Pat Haden was seen collapsing outside the university’s athletic facilities, a paramedic confirmed to the school’s department of communication and journalism, who broke the news on Twitter.
— Kelly Reinke (@KellyReinkeTV) February 10, 2016
Thus continues the roller coaster months Haden, 63, has been having. Back in October, he announced that he was stepping down from the College Football Playoff Committee for health reasons.
Last week, he announced that he was retiring from his position of AD, effective June 30.
And now, we know why Haden is leaving the position he has held since August 2010. Haden’s tenure in Los Angeles has been strenuous, to say the least. First, he was the man tasked with firing polarizing football coach Lane Kiffin. Then, earlier this season, he had to fire coach Steve Sarkisian amidst reports that the football coach had a serious problem with alcoholism.
Combine that with the needs of the rest of the athletic department, and Haden definitely had more on his plate than his health could handle, especially with doctors advising him to step down from the playoff committee.
No word has yet been given if this recent episode will affect Haden’s retirement date, but stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates.
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