USC AD Haden goes to hospital after almost collapsing on sideline

Trojans athletic director Pat Haden had to be helped off the sideline after feeling light-headed before USC vs. Notre Dame.

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USC athletic director Pat Haden made a brief stop at a hospital after feeling lightheaded just before kickoff of the Trojans’ game against Notre Dame.

Sports information director Tim Tessalone said everything checked out OK and Haden headed back to Los Angeles early on a private airplane. Tessalone said Haden dropped to a knee briefly and spent some time in the locker room before heading to the hospital.

Haden has been under scrutiny for his hiring of Steve Sarkisian and for allowing Sarkisian to continue to coach after slurring his words and using inappropriate language during an event in August and other struggles by the football team. Haden fired Sarkisian this week.

Notre Dame won 41-31.

After a tumultuous week for USC’s football program, many tweeted thoughts and prayers to USC’s athletic director. 

On Sunday, Haden sent out a tweet in which he thanked people for their support and said he was "feeling great":

(h/t LA Times

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