Pat Haden intends to resign as USC AD in June

USC athletic director Pat Haden intends to resign from his post effective June 30, the school announced on Friday.

He has agreed to a one-year deal to oversee USC's renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, per a statement from school president C. L. Max Niklas.

"I ask you to join me in thanking this Trojan legend for his leadership during a historic moment of transition for Trojan Athletics," Niklas stated.

Haden, who played on two national championship teams as a quarterback for the Trojans, was hired as USC athletic director in the summer of 2010.

Haden oversaw a turbulent era for USC athletics, inheriting a football program that had been rocked by NCAA sanctions shortly before his hiring. He eventually came under fire for the football team's failure to meet high expectations from fans that had grown accustomed to seeing the club compete for national championships.

"The disproportionate severity of the NCAA penalties on Trojan football, which Pat inherited on his first day as athletic director, posed an unprecedented short- and long-term challenge; indeed, every other program facing the same penalties ended up enduring losing seasons, lengthy rebuilding processes, or both," Niklas stated. "Because of Pat's leadership during the sanctions period, USC came through it with the third-best record in the Pac-12.

"His adamantine priority has been the growth and academic success of each and every USC student-athlete -- and, as a consequence, he has improved student-athlete grade point averages and graduation rates to all-time highs."

Haden fired head coach Lane Kiffin in the midst of the 2013 season and replaced him with Steve Sarkisian who, like Kiffin, had ties to the Trojans' glory days of the mid-2000s under Pete Carroll. However, Haden fired Sarkisian in October for reportedly violating the terms of a zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol use that was put in place by Haden after an embarrassing display by Sarkisian during an August booster event. Sarkisian has alleged discrimination in a lawsuit against USC regarding his firing.

Interim head coach Clay Helton was promoted by Haden to be the team's permanent head coach after the 2015 season.

Haden, 63, was a seventh-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1975 and spent six seasons with the Rams. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1977.

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