USC football: Pat Haden awaits outcome of Lane Kiffin's NCAA hearing
USC Athletic Director Pat Haden will not venture to predict the outcome of Lane Kiffin’s appearance before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.
Haden and David Roberts, USC’s vice president for athletic compliance, attended the hearing in Indianapolis over the weekend which resulted from the NCAA’s probe of the University of Tennessee.
“I have no idea what goes on behind closed doors,” he said Tuesday. “I’ve misread the committee before.”
The NCAA enforcement staff alleges that Kiffin “failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program” at Tennessee and that he “failed to monitor” the activities of assistant coaches and an athletics administrator.
If Kiffin is penalized, the punishments could include limits on his recruiting at USC and, possibly, suspension from games.
Haden said he and Roberts addressed the committee for about 10 minutes at the end of the hearing.
“I think we got the point across that the Lane Kiffin we know has been very compliant,” Haden said.
-- Gary Klein
Top photo: Pat Haden. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Bottom photo: Lane Kiffin. Credit: AJ Mast / Associated Press