Arriving solely for the purpose to solve major sanctions around the basketball and football programs that stand second only to the SMU Death Penalty in the mid 1980s in terms of discipline, USC's Athletic Director Haden has aggressively tackled big picture issues in NCAA Compliance for 21 of his athletic programs on campus.
Now in the midst of his fourth season, Haden's grind for perfection has taken a slight tole on his love of the game mentality that makes him an effective problem solver. "That has been a jigsaw puzzle which is difficult to crack, sooner or later it catches up with you," Haden said last week about compliance. "This is part of the job, I understand USC Athletics I have been here since I was 14. At the end of the day its a game, and this is an athletic institution."
Dating back to his playing days with the Trojans under the tutelage of the great John McKay, Haden witnessed decades of athletic dominance at Troy. Something he wants to return to campus in the coming years, and as times are obviously changing around NCAA compliance and benefits the necessity for change is rather prevalent across the land.
"I can understand the temptation for some of these kids," Haden said about the possibility of players taking stipends from school-affiliated donors. "It (food stipends) averages 5-6 bucks a day to consume four-times the calories guys like I consume. We should not have guys not eat for three or four days, just because of the stipend."