USC AD Pat Haden: ‘I will go to my grave’ thinking NCAA was unfair

Count USC athletic director Pat Haden among those who can't explain the NCAA's ruling against the Trojans.

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In 2010, the USC Trojans were hit with unprecedented sanctions by the NCAA.

Included in the sanctions were a two-year bowl ban and 30 scholarship reductions across a three-year period.

The NCAA began investigating USC in 2006, ultimately determining running back Reggie Bush and his family received money and other perks from sports marketers while he played for the Trojans during 2004 and 2005.

From the Los Angeles Times:

USC was tagged with the "lack of institutional control" label and then hammered by the NCAA.


How does athletic director Pat Haden feel about the NCAA’s actions?

“I will go to my grave thinking they were unfair,” Haden told the Times. “I’d be surprised if that kind of penalty will ever be imposed again.”

The source of Haden’s frustrations, and those of others associated with USC and the Pac-12, could be tied to the results of two other NCAA investigations that didn’t yield anywhere near the same penalties USC received. From the Times: