USC Football: 5 Biggest Questions Heading Into 2014

Pat Haden started the 2013 season with Lane Kiffin as head coach. At the end of 2013, he hired Steve Sarkisian as the Trojans head coach. In the middle, Ed Orgeron did some pretty amazing things in Los Angeles. But in the end, the school wanted some who was "fashionable" and would be "hip" with the California lifestyle and of course, the media.Enter 2014 - a season...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

USC Trojans 2014 Spring Football Preview

Pat Haden really didn’t want Lane Kiffin around any longer. So the USC athletic director made a decisive move just a few weeks into the season...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

USC Football: The playoff picture and USC

After 16 years of the BCS system, the long-awaited College Football Playoff is on its way. For better or worse, the entire landscape of FBS football has changed. Can it even be split as the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Football Championship Subdivision anymore? Maybe the NCAA should just switch their names back to Division I-A and I-AA. With all the change, it can be easy to...
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Heritage Hall to reopen on USC campus after year-long facelift

LOS ANGELES -- Pat Haden knows all too well about rebuilding projects. Essentially he took over an athletic department with its flagship football team recently being struck with severe NCAA sanctions. At his personal home, he underwent a remodeling project that took close to 16 months. His working home needed a facelift as well. That project, however, only took just over a year to...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

USC Football: Assistant Examination

For those who have been living under a rock, Steve Sarkisian has been hired as USC Football’s new head coach— and he did not leave Washington alone. He, so far, brought along three of his assistants: Johnny Nansen, Peter Sirmon, and Keith Heyward. No doubt they are strangers to many Trojan fans. Assistants play a vital role in the success of a program. Just look back at USC...
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

USC Football: What Sarkisian brings

Ed Orgeron is out and Steve Sarkisian is in. The hiring of the former USC Football assistant was found to be underwhelming by Trojans across the nation. Athletic director Pat Haden and his staff even expected such a reaction. Whatever everyone’s level of acceptance is, Sarkisian is here to stay—at least for now. Almost no football program will fire their head coach after a single...
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Sark's first task: Building faith, trust in locker room

LOS ANGELES In the wake of his emotional, unceremonious departure from the USC campus, Ed Orgeron's presence continued to be felt throughout the McKay Center. While athletic director Pat Haden introduced his new head coach Steve Sarkisian, he couldn't help but pay homage to Orgeron as he appeared to get choked up. "A special thank you to Ed Orgeron one of the greatest...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: USC Contacted Nick Saban’s Agent Before Hiring Sarkisian

Before settling on Steve Sarkisian as their next Head Coach, reports say USC had to make a call to Jimmy Sexton, Nick Saban’s agent to gauge his interest in the job. According to the LA Times, USC AD Pat Haden made the call down south to see if they could get Saban to Southern Cal. I honestly couldn’t think of a worse fit though between a coach and a school/city. I don’t blame...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Kevin Sumlin lobbied hard for USC job

On Saturday it was announced that Kevin Sumlin had signed a six-year extension to remain the head football coach at Texas A&M for the foreseeable future, sending a clear signal that he wanted to stay in College Station for the long hall. But Rumors and Rants has learned exclusively from sources at USC that Sumlin had been lobbying hard for the vacant head coaching position at...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

College football news: interim coaches make a push to stay

The college football regular season is reaching its final days, which means that schools across the country have decisions to make on the leader of their programs and if there will be significant changes for the 2014 season. Although several coaches remain in limbo as we get closer to Thanksgiving, several schools have already pulled the trigger and fired its head coach, leaving...
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Photo: Pat Haden Is A Wimp And Didn’t Go Shirtless To Tonight’s USC Game Like He Said He Would

Yesterday, USC athletics director Pat Haden entertained everyone on Twitter by claiming that he would be “going shirtless” for the game between the Trojans and Colorado tonight in Boulder. He was responding to a fan who suggested that USC schedule the Buffaloes earlier in the season if the game is to be played at Folsom Field, because of the cold weather. Along with the claim...
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November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Ed Orgeron gets Kiffin's endorsement for USC job

USC Trojans athletic director Pat Haden already has his work cut out for him in selecting a new head football coach, and we're pretty sure he's not looking for former coach lane Kiffin's input on the matter. But he'll get anyway.  "That's easy. That's already done. It should be Ed Orgeron," Kiffin said, via ESPNLA 710 radio in Los Angeles. ...
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November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

USC Football: The Orgeron Conundrum

Ed Orgeron after the victory against Arizona (Photo credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Most people did not see this coming. Most people thought USC Football would phone in their season after a horrible loss to Arizona State and the subsequent firing of their coach. Now USC stands at 8-3 after starting 3-2. They are ranked for the first time since losing to Washington State back in...
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Haden discusses USC’s coaching search

Pat Haden gave the world some candid thoughts regarding USC's coaching search on Tuesday.
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

USC upset Stanford, Ed Orgeron gave an epic fist pump, and then handled a sword

USC is now 5-1 under Ed Orgeron.
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

USC Football: A sanctions tale

Pat Haden (Photo credits: Kyle Terada/US Presswire)With USC’s roster depth blasted and new sanctions out for Miami, USC’s sanctions come to the forefront yet again. On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, the NCAA finally handed down the University of Miami’s punishment after many years of investigation. USC Athletic Director Pat Haden responded by reiterating that the penalties received...
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Haden doesn’t think USC’s punishment from NCAA is fair compared to Miami’s

USC athletic director Pat Haden doesn't think that the punishment handed down to USC by the NCAA is fair compared to Miami's.
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Haden: 'We have always felt our penalties were too harsh'

Pat Haden didn't say much. He didn't have too. After the NCAA announced the penalties levied against the University of Miami football and basketball programs on Tuesday, the USC athletic director released a one-sentence statement. "We have always felt that our penalties were too harsh. This decision only bolsters that view. Beyond that, we have no further comment...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Haden: 'We have always felt our penalties were too harsh'

Pat Haden didn't say much. He didn't have too. After the NCAA announced the penalties levied against the University of Miami football and basketball programs on Tuesday, the USC athletic director released a one-sentence statement. "We have always felt that our penalties were too harsh. This decision only bolsters that view. Beyond that, we have no further comment...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

USC AD Pat Haden Upset with Miami Ruling

After Miami’s sanctions were handed down earlier today with 9 scholarships lost over three years and no bowl ban, anyone associated with USC football was left a little confused. Athletic Director Pat Haden has already come out and said USCs sanctions needed to be adjusted after Penn State’s were and now he is not happy with Miami: USC AD Pat Haden on NCAA's Miami decision...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

USC AD Pat Haden Predictably Unhappy With Miami’s Sanctions

You probably won’t be shocked to hear this, but USC AD Pat Haden is less than impressed with the sanctions the NCAA handed down to Miami this morning. USC’s Twitter account has issued a statement from Haden, who made it clear that he still thinks the Trojans got shafted by the NCAA in regards to the Reggie Bush scandal. USC AD Pat Haden on NCAA’s Miami decision: “We have...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

CFB Playoff Selection Committee Revealed but Real Issue Still Unsolved

Arkansas AD and Selection Committee Chair Jeff Long, photo Tony Gutierrez AP The committee charged with selecting the four teams that will get the opportunity to play for the National Championship was officially announced Wednesday. Of course, several of the members were already well known. Most controversial of those is former Stanford provost and Secretary of State Condoleezza...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

USC to consider Ed Orgeron for head coaching position

After leading USC to a 38-31 win over Arizona Thursday night and radically changing the atmosphere around the school’s football program in just 12 days, it appears interim head coach Ed Orgeron is, indeed, auditioning for the full-time job. After Thursday’s win, USC athletic director Pat Haden said he would certainly consider Orgeron for the job depending on how the rest of the...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

USC AD Pat Haden: “They Have Hope Now”

Former USC head coach Lane Kiffin continues to take a beating. After the Trojans 38-31 victory over Arizona last night, in which they stormed out to a 14-0 lead and looked like a revived football team, school AD Pat Haden made it clear that times have changed – for the better. Per Scott Wolf: #USC AD Pat Haden: “(The players) have hope now.” — InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October...
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October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Pat Haden on Orgeron's debut win

See what USC AD Pat Haden had to say about the Trojans' 38-31 win over Arizona.
October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

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