In an interview with the Register's Michael Lev, Pat Haden gave a very emphatic response to the people that have been criticizing him for not suing the NCAA:
"...We’ve investigated litigation. We spent a lot of time considering that. I’ve made four trips to Indianapolis. I’ve had numerous conversations with (NCAA president) Mark Emmert and the enforcement staff."
People just assume you’re sitting on your hands. I’m not an idiot. We’re not idiots. We have investigated every opportunity...Our fan base is upset with what happened at Ohio State, and they’re probably going to be upset with what comes down at North Carolina or Miami. We’re going to hear it again. I’m going to hear it again: I’m an idiot, I’m not defending the brand, etc."
"But there comes a point in time when you must move on. Even that phrase I get a lot of push-back on. But I’m just doing what I think is right for USC and our team and our athletic department."
It's pretty clear that ADPH knows the score right now. And he's right. If the NCAA lets Paul Dee and Miami off easy, the cries for USC to sue Emmert and co. will rise even louder than before, and the cries of hypocrisy will be just as loud across the nation as they will be in Los Angeles.
But right now Barkley is back. The team is a national contender, and I think that Haden wants the focus to be on the field, not the courtroom.