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USC AD Pat Haden fined $25,000 by Pac-12 for sideline actions


On Sunday night, Pat Haden apologized for his actions on the sideline of the USC-Stanford game, but it was clear to everybody involved that the incident was not over.

On Monday morning, the Pac-12 office got involved in the matter by fining the Trojans' athletic director $25,000 and reprimanding him for the incident.

"The conduct by USC Athletics Director Pat Haden was inappropriate," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a release. "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. We appreciate the public apology and recognition of the errors in judgment, as well as Pat Haden's self-imposed two-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 athletic directors as role models for our student-athletes and important leaders of our institutions."

Haden left his suite in the press box during the middle of the team's game on Saturday to come down to the sideline and argue with officials following a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that was given to head coach Steve Sarkisian.

"I regret putting Pat in the situation I put him in on Saturday. It is my job to manage the game, not Pat's," Sarkisian added in a statement. "For the good of the game, I will be better on this in the future."

As a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee, many called upon Haden to resign his position on the prestigious committee following the outburst. It does not appear that is in the cards, but executive director Bill Hancock did issue a statement shortly after the Pac-12's on Monday.

"Emotional outbursts at games are not a matter for the playoff selection committee to deal with. This does not affect Pat Haden's capability as a committee member," Hancock said in a release. "We recognize that athletic directors cannot be dispassionate about their own teams and that's why we have the recusal policy."

Haden will not be on the sideline for USC's next two games -- this coming Saturday at Boston College and a home game against Oregon State on September 27th.

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