Haden: ND-USC 'just another game' for players

The Sports Xchange

Is USC vs. Notre Dame just another football game?

USC athletic director Pat Haden, who has broadcasted on Notre Dame football for more than a decade, said players in college football's most discussed nonconference rivalry don't approach the game with the same passion.

"The kids themselves, if you talk to them, this is just another game in a series of 12," Haden said. "I think all of us -- you, me, the old-timers -- feel differently than the players do."

Haden was USC's quarterback for three USC-Notre Dame games from 1972-74, and team who won that game played for a national championship in all three seasons. Neither team is ranked entering Saturday's game at Notre Dame.

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