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This isn’t about talent

So, Mr. Haden, how exactly would you assess the direction of the USC football program now?

As much as we’d all like to ask Pat Haden that question today, chances are the Trojans’ athletic director won’t be making any public comments for a while.

Can you blame him?

Haden, after all, is the one who hired Steve Sarkisian, and in light of what transpired at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, that decision has a chance to rank right up there with Mike Garrett’s frantic rush to name Lane Kiffin the coach after Pete Carroll left for the NFL.

When you really think about it, that’s how USC’s embarrassing 38-20 mauling of a loss to UCLA can best be described — it was pure Kiffin-esque.

Click here to read the full story at the ESPN USC blog