by Steve Bisheff
It was the last thing Pat Haden wanted to hear. The last thing he expected to happen with the start of a potentially promising USC football season only two weeks away.
But once head coach Steve Sarkisian stepped onto the stage at the annual Salute to Troy Saturday night and proceeded to embarrass himself, his team, the university and, most of all, Haden, the athletic director who hired him, well . . .it was time to take action.
It was time to be strong and forceful, time to show all those shocked alums and boosters he couldn’t put up with his coach being apparently intoxicated and using foul language and disparaging other Pac-12 schools.
“Come on, Pat,” they were pleading, “show him who’s boss.”
Only Haden didn’t do that. He didn’t do much of anything on Sunday except basically slap Sarkisian on the wrist.