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USC football: Pat Haden sends letter to fans, flowers to female coaches and staff

August 3, 2010 |  9:14 pm

Pat Haden, USC's new athletic director, started his first official day on the job by posting a letter to "The Trojan Family" on the school's website.

"During the period of our NCAA probation we won't wake up each morning with a 'woe is me' attitude as a result of the sanctions," wrote Haden, who succeeded Mike Garrett. "I have failed if I cannot create a positive, upbeat environment that cultivates success in spite of the sanctions." 

Haden also sent flowers to USC's female coaches and administrative assistants.

Haden's first day coincided with USC football players reporting for the start of training camp. The Trojans and Coach Lane Kiffin begin the season Sept. 2 at Hawaii.

--Gary Klein

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