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USC AD is fined, Trojans' football coach reprimanded


The Pac-12 Conference has reprimanded and fined USC Athletics Director Pat Haden, and reprimanded head football coach Steve Sarkisian for their inappropriate sideline conduct during USC's game at Stanford on Saturday, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.

During the third quarter of USC's 13-10 win, Sarkisian argued with Pac-12 officials during a lengthy and inappropriate exchange about a sideline encroachment penalty.

Additionally, Sarkisian asked Haden in a text to join him on the sidelines and to act as an intermediary in dealing with Pac-12 officials. Sarkisian's actions and contact of Haden instigated further confrontation with Pac-12 game officials.

Upon arrival on the sidelines, Haden confronted game officials regarding the management of the game. In addition, Haden conducted a television interview on the sidelines during the game with comments relative to the Pac-12's officiating of the game.

"The conduct by USC Athletics Director Pat Haden was inappropriate," said Scott. "Such actions by an administrator in attempt to influence the officiating, and ultimately the outcome of a contest, will not be tolerated."

"The conduct by both Sarkisian and Haden were in clear violation of our conference's Standards of Conduct policy," added Scott. "We appreciate the public apology and recognition of the errors in judgment, as well as Pat Haden's self-imposed 2-game sideline ban. We took this into consideration as we determined the discipline. Nonetheless, the actions fell short of our expectation of our head coaches and athletics directors as role models for our student-athletes and important leaders of our institutions."

In related NCAA football news:

Due to Penn State University's significant progress toward ensuring its athletics department functions with integrity, the NCAA Executive Committee on Monday eliminated the school's postseason ban, effective immediately, and will return the full complement of football scholarships in 2015-16.

The committee's action endorses recommendations released Monday by George Mitchell, the university's athletics oversight monitor, in his latest report.

In addition to the scholarship and postseason participation changes, Mitchell also recommended that if Penn State continues to make impressive progress at the conclusion of the 2015 report, Mitchell's oversight may conclude substantially earlier than 2017, the date set forth in the original agreement between the NCAA and Penn State.

— Pacific-12 Conference

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Posted by John E
a resident of another community
on Sep 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Officiating was terrible and unprofessional. PAC12 needs to hire professional officials. Nothing more needs to be said of the missed
rule violations. Pat Haden was understandably standing up for his team,
no penalties are listed in the Rule book, so 25K is inappropriate in
sending a message of the rule violation. Fine is improper and should be

John E

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I assume that the first comment was tongue in cheek.

I thought USC got rid of the prima donna football coach? oh, this is the new prima donna? okay.
And Pat Haden was the guy who was supposed to bring a good rep to SC? how wrong they were.

Seriously this was little league parent kind of nonsense.

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Posted by John T
a resident of Atherton
on Sep 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm

John E
You must have attended USC. You need to diagram the next to last sentence in your post. It violates the rules of basic sentences that are taught in Bonehead English. It also is unintelligible.
Pat Haden is on the PAC 12 Officials Selection Committee so he would be responsible for what you describe as "terrible and unprofessional" officiating.
Pat Haden was trying to intimidate the officials. The score should be stricken and the game replayed.
Pat Haden, aka "Choir Boy", should be required to resign as USC Athletic Director. He came down from the Press Box to the field to unduly influence the officials he selected.

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