Posted by Chip Patterson
In more fascinating indie talk, there are some albums I've been meaning to pick up this from the last six months. In less fascinating indie talk, USC athletic director Pat Haden is causing a stir by not ruling out a break from the Pac-10.
Haden has been making headlines since taking over for Mike Garrett about a month ago, whether it's about giving back Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy or keeping a short leash on new head coach Lane Kiffin, it is clear the new AD is not afraid to speak his mind. So when asked about the possibilities of USC following BYU's lead and going independent in football, Haden did not hold back.
“I think you always have to look at every opportunity,” Haden, who’s starting his second month on the job, said from the football team’s hotel in Hawaii.
“We’re a happy member of the Pac-10. I don’t have any ulterior motives or plans to advance the ball on this. I think the Pac-10 with a new commissioner and new opportunities has some growth built in already.
“But would we every consider it? I think you have to. As an athletic director in today’s environment, you have to consider every alternative.”
There goes Haden, pulling the old press question oreo (agree-deny-agree) and leaving everyone with little to no conclusion as to whether or not this is an actual possibility.
The one piece of BYU's break from conference monogamy that will get the attention of other major football programs is the eight year television deal they signed with ESPN. USC has a much larger audience on the national level and would be able to negotiate a more lucrative deal should they decide to make the move for independence.
But for now USC needs to focus on the task at hand and that is getting back into good graces with the NCAA and continuing to build despite their current sanctions. That campaign will begin late this evening, with their season opener at Hawaii.
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