USC athletic director Pat Haden is in stable condition and “resting comfortably at a local hospital,” according to an official statement from the university.
Haden, 63, is also undergoing medical tests but is not expected to be hospitalized for an extended period of time and should be back at work sooner rather than later. This news comes on the heels of a report yesterday that Haden nearly collapsed outside of Heritage Hall and paramedics were called to treat him. In its statement, the university clarified what happened.
“Haden was walking back from an on-campus meeting this morning and felt lightheaded, similar to how he felt at the Notre Dame game last October,” the statement read. “He sat down outside Heritage Hall and the athletic department’s medical personnel attended to him. Haden was alert and talking as he walked under his own power up to his office in Heritage Hall. Medical personnel continued to attend to him there before transporting him to his doctor off campus.”
Haden has been in the news more for his health issues than his work at USC in recent months. As a result of feeling lightheaded at the Notre Dame game this past season, he stepped down from his place on the College Football Playoff Committee on the advice of his doctor and announced earlier this month that due to health concerns, he was stepping down as USC’s AD effective June 30.
There has still been no word as to whether this latest episode will affect whether Haden remains committed to retiring in June, but stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates!
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