Pat Haden upset with ex-Miami AD
The University of Miami scandal is reverberating way beyond South Florida.
Like 2,700 miles west.
Paul Dee -- the former Miami athletic director embroiled in the current scandal involving booster Nevin Shapiro -- was the chairman of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions and oversaw the handing out of severe sanctions on USC.
USC athletic director Pat Haden, when asked about the situation by 710 ESPN radio host Mark Willard, and if he was frustrated by Dee's involvement, said flatly, "Yes." Haden paused for a moment of amusement.
Haden then addressed if there might be any recourse.
"We're looking into those things. It is difficult," he said. "We've had two shots with the NCAA; we've lost both of them. We are fully prepared to be on our way and get this over with and look to the other side. And that's why this new firestorm that developed yesterday was particularly disconcerting for us."
USC was penalized by the NCAA for lack of institutional control after a four-year investigation. The report on USC cited several improper benefits for Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo. The sanctions included a two-year bowl ban for the football team and loss of scholarships. The Trojans also forfeited games Bush played in the 2004 season, when USC won the BCS national championship, as well as all wins in the 2005 season, when they lost to Texas in the BCS Championship Game.
In May, USC was notified by the NCAA infractions appeals committee that all penalties and findings against the athletic department have been upheld.
Does Haden feel USC was vindicated in some way?
"Well, I'd hate to be in that kind of company and feel good about that," he said. "Vindictiveness is not what we're about. My job is to worry about USC, and what happens at these other institutions, their athletic departments will worry about them. My job is to protect our brand, our university, our student-athletes. I inherited this, we're doing the best we can to put it behind us."
The Trojans' athletic director, never one to dodge direct questions, offered a summation of college football's current state, saying, "It's disappointing and something is broken."