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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

USC Athletic Director Pat Haden surprised by NCAA decision on Cam Newton

By Cindy Boren

Pat Haden, athletic director at the University of Southern California, sees some irony in the NCAA decision to declare Auburn quarterback Cam Newton eligible Wednesday.

USC was heavily penalized for numerous NCAA infractions that included improper benefits received by the parents of Reggie Bush from agents and marketeers. Bush returned his Heisman Trophy, scholarships were stripped, bowl bans enacted and coach Pete Carroll went to the NFL.

"In the Reggie Bush case, when the parent [did] something inappropriate the kid and the school suffered," Haden, who was named athletic director in August, told the Los Angeles Times. "I was always told the parent is the child. That's what we've been telling our kids. If the parent does something inappropriate, the child suffers the consequences."

USC will appear before the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee next month and the Newton case is likely to be a topic of conversation. USC contended, during its infractions hearing in February, that it did not know of improprieties involving Bush's parents because they lived near San Diego.

"Our kids are 18, 19, 20 years old," he said. "Are they really responsible for their parents' behavior?"

By Cindy Boren  | December 2, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
Categories:  College football  
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Cindy, is your job just to repost whatever news story happans across your desk because you're apparently are too dense to exercise any judgment about when some one is just spewing BS. If you knew anything about USC's situation, then you would now that Pat Haden's statement is self-serving garbage. Since you obviously have not taken any time to research the issue, can I point you to Matt Hayes over at the Sporting News, who wrote:

Even a stand-up guy like Pat Haden has been caught up in the mess. Haden, Southern Cal’s athletic director, said Wednesday he was surprised by the NCAA’s ruling on Newton -- specifically, that the NCAA didn’t hold Newton accountable for his parent’s actions like it did with Reggie Bush and his stepfather.

His stepfather? Pat, please, let me refresh your memory:

When the NCAA finds that assistant coach Todd McNair had or should have had knowledge of violations involving Bush and his parents; that McNair had communication about a prospective business arrangement with a “marketer” involved with Bush; that McNair provided false information during the investigation, it most certainly calls for 30 lost scholarships and a two-year postseason ban.

Read more:

Posted by: alvint | December 2, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The Newton decision will have ramifications as the NCAA applies rules going forward. With USC's appeal set to be heard, a circumstance that is similar will certainly be raised as precedent.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 2, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

This is a ridiculous issue to begin with. The first premise is that College Football and Basketball are amateur sports, they're not. With the exception of a few schools and the Ivy League schools, College Football and Basketball are the semi-pro leagues for their respective sports. It is clearly big business: There are a number of College Coaches receiving seven figure incomes; don't colleges get a boat load of money for playing in a bowl game?
Yup, they do!

And how often does a kid get in on an athletic scholarship, that might not even make the entrance requirements academically? Clearly many big time college programs are a lot more interested in a kids athletic prowess than his academic. We should quit fooling ourselves and stop pretending these are amateur sports...again, they are the semi-pro proving grounds for the Pros.

Posted by: chipgiii | December 2, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't being "caught" with gifts and "trying" to shop your kid VERY different issues? Last I checked when Preacher Daddy turned over financial records no money every exchanged hands so as far as I'm concerned Auburn is free and clear. They must have said h@ NO to Preacher Daddy hahaha No proof surfaced Cam was involved. Sadly once again a greedy parent almost ruined his child. That's something Cam must deal with and I agree with other posters...he'll end up rich in the NFL like Reggie!!!!

Lord if SC crushes Auburn Preacher Daddy will catch h@ from the media... hahahaha

Posted by: MDlady2 | December 2, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I saw LeBron James' More Than A Game and he got into the same trouble in hs. What I don't understand is why do these parents keep doing this after all the PR from others getting caught? Did Preacher Daddy at least get slick enough to ensure Cam wouldn't be ruined if caught??? People need to pay attention to the fact NO money or gifts exchanged hands which makes me wonder did Cam or his mother step in and tell put the lock on Preacher Daddy??? he turned over bank recs. Reggie's parents took the gifts not giving a crap if their son would suffer!

Posted by: MDlady2 | December 2, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

i can only hope the post printed daily continues to show the class and retraint they have shown over the last few days concerning the cam newton, and the lebron james stories. espn and the other gossip exercises have been tired and sickening at the same time just like the other viruses we must look out for now days

Posted by: rwest828hope | December 2, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Of course the bank records are clean. You don't think Daddy's dumb enough to use the same bank account, do you? I don't know if Cam's clean or not, and really don't care much either way, but some of these comments are just homers, preaching to the choir, as it were.

Posted by: nihao1 | December 2, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

pat haden has been hurtin , and huntin for the usc job for '' a minit'' asthe kids say today he would sell his first born to keep his position

Posted by: rwest828hope | December 2, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"With USC's appeal set to be heard, a circumstance that is similar will certainly be raised as precedent."

Once again Cindy, your ignorance of the facts involved is on full display. Despite your effort to justify posting Haden's propoganda without any concern regarding the truthfulness of his assertions, quite simply, the facts are NOT similar. Let's walk through just a few of them:

1. USC - Money changed hands; Auburn - no money changed hands.

2. USC - The institution knew or should have known money changed hands; Auburn - no knowledge.

3. USC - A coach tried to facilitated the player being paid; AU - no coach (or booster) involved.

4. USC- The coach lied to the NCAA; AU - no coach lied.

5. USC - Limited institutional cooperation; AU - full institutional cooperation.

6. USC - Reggie knew about the payments; AU - no evidence Cam knew of the payments.

While USC can obviously make whatever arguments they want in their appeal, they can't change the facts. Hope this helps you understand.

Posted by: alvint | December 2, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse


Actually it is Cindy's job to report the news not created via editorial opinion. alvint you are too accustom to people spinning news to entertain the reader rather than reporting it. Thats what news reporters use to do. Report the news. You would have found George Michael and Warner Wolf quite boring because they just reported the scores and showed the highlights. There was no expert analysis for every sports news report. There were no mike wilbons and Tony Kornhiesers. No PTI, Rome is burning, etc. You came up in the ESPN cable news world where opinions and analysis is now part of the news. I find her report refreshing because I came up in a time where they just reported the news instead of trying to be part of it or help create it. ESPN is the only reason the Cam Newton story exist. They ran it 24 hours a day until it became a major story. Sometimes the old school way may not be as entertaining but its less phony.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 2, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

if you think Auburn paid nothing for this guy, you are foolish!!! the SEC has flourished in the past 10-years. the main reason why is they stopped snitching on each other. this Miss St guy just opened up a can of old wounds.

Miss St should recieve infractions for their willingness to pay $200K for Newton.

Posted by: simplewords999 | December 2, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse


I'm guessing by your comments about the good ole days of what reporters used to do that you're old, and that probably explains why you don't recognize how silly your statements are.

What newspapers used to do and a few still do, is read what comes across the wire and actually exercise some judgment about what would published. This judgment would reflect on what's newsworthy and whether the story rang true. That's why a "dog bites man" story such as Pat Haden's misrepresentations would not have been published in the past. Cindy, however, exercises no judgment, at least not the kind that used to be practiced by a more reputable outlet - she justs publishes whatever BS crosses her desk that might increase her page views. That's not journalism, that's just being a page count who--.

As to your incorrect perception that she doesn't provide editorial comment, you should read her prior post on Cam Newton, which contained two factual incorrect editorial comments (i. that the NCAA ruled Newton ineligible (Auburn did, not the NCAA), which she has since corrected after I pointed it out in the comments; and ii. that Newton violated a SEC rule (real journalists have called the SEC to verify this is false, see the comments for a link)).

So not only does Cindy insert editorial comments in the stories she pastes on her blog, she's to lazy to check either the relevance or the truth of what she posts. Maybe that fits your antiquated concept of what a journalist is, but it doesn't meet mine.

Posted by: alvint | December 3, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Cindy thanks for the article alvint is just another person on the internet who is a expert on any topic you throw at them and thats pretty much why you have a job in the media and he is at home posting comments.

btw alvint your so called facts are garbage and if you dont think Cam or his father took anything you are just a naive auburn homer.

This type of thing happens at every university its just a matter of how well you hide it and if you get caught or not

alvint go blog it

Posted by: itsyourturnok | December 4, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse


The NCAA based most of the USC football sanctions on a two-and-a-half minute phone call at 1:34 AM on January 8, 2006 between Lloyd Lake and USC’s Todd McNair, after Bush had finished playing football at USC. Lake claimed he told McNair about the Bush payments to solicit his help to get Bush to pay him back.

The NCAA relied on this hearsay testimony of this convicted felon about the phone call even thought they concluded that he lied in other testimony about a party involving McNair, and the NCAA knew that he was mistaken about who placed the call.

This is nonsense. No reasonable person would believe that such a short conversation in the middle of the night could possibly explain the relationship between Lake and Bush in a way that McNair could understand and attempt to do something about it. This explanation was provided by McNair and ignored by the NCAA.

Posted by: WestGuy1961 | December 7, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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