It was the thought in some circles that the hiring of Pat Haden to replace Mike Garrett as USC’s athletic director might be a bad omen for Lane Kiffin‘s future as the Trojans’ head coach.
At least for now, however, Haden is standing by his man. Lawsuit and all.
Speaking to the Orange County Register, Haden gave a (dreaded?) vote of confidence to a coach about to launch his first year at the head of the storied football program.
“He is my coach, and I love my coach,” Haden said Tuesday. “I think he’s going to be successful here.”
As for the “compliance” concerns, which first reared its head during his only season at Tennessee, Haden said there are no such concerns.
“I don’t think we’re going to have a problem with compliance with Lane,” Haden said. “He knows where we’re coming from.”
For the program’s sake, Haden had better hope Kiffin continues to know where the revamped athletic department is coming from. And where their — and the NCAA’s — lines are drawn.