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USC Athletic Director Pat Haden Works Refs During Stanford Game


A school or an athletic director communicating on behalf of a coach with league officials regarding a dispute isn’t uncommon — days after the fact.

USC athletic director Pat Haden apparently couldn’t wait. At one point in the fourth quarter, Haden spoke with officials on the sideline, shortly after head coach Steve Sarkisian was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and linebacker Hayes Pullard was ejected for targeting.

An athletic director speaking with officials during the flow of a game is highly unusual.

It’s worth noting Haden is one of 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. The recrusal policy for committee members is not at play here, it seems.

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