USC athletic director Pat Haden, who is also a member of the allegedly unbiased College Football Playoff selection committee, left the press box during USC’s game against Stanford to voice his frustration with referees who gave coach Steve Sarkisian an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Haden explained to ESPN’s Heather Cox that Sarkisian sent him a text message saying that he wanted to talk to him following the penalty.
Haden was at the game representing USC, not the College Football Playoff selection committee, but his actions will certainly cause a debate.
Haden can’t vote for USC as a member of the selection committee, but he can weigh in on Stanford.
There’s no rule in the playoff that prevents him from talking to officials on behalf of his school during a game. But what he did was highly unusual.
This is going to be an interesting college football season.