“The members of the selection committee are an outstanding group of people with high integrity and excellent judgment, and ultimately the decision will be theirs,” Hancock said when the College Football Playoff released selection details.
That Bill… what a card.
Yesterday, Pat Haden, selection committee member and USC athletic director (as we are about to see, not necessarily in that order), freaked out during the Southern Cal-Stanford game in response to a complaint by Steve Sarkisian about the officials throwing too many penalty flags, and, well…
Haden jogged across Stanford Stadium field between the third and fourth quarters of USC’s 13-10 victory after he said he received a text message saying USC Coach Steve Sarkisian wanted to talk to him…
Television cameras showed Haden as he stood next to Sarkisian on the sideline, engaged in an animated conversation with officials.
At one point, a broadcaster said Sarkisian had to pull a “fired up” Haden back from the discussion.
The optics, to say the least, are terrible.
The decision by Haden to run to the sideline to assist his coach is now raising eyebrows — not just because of its bizarre nature — but because Haden is part of the 13-member College Football Playoff selection committee…
Haden is recused from voting for USC in the selection process, but his actions Saturday bring into question the biases committee members take into the selection process.
Ya’ think? Maybe not, if you’re Pat Haden.
Asked after the game if he was concerned about the appearance created by a member of the selection committee on the field engaging the officials, Haden shook his head and said, “I’m the athletic director of my team as well.”
As long as you’ve got your priorities straight, I guess that makes it okay. Even if Bill Hancock’s gone all Stacey Osburn on us.
Through a spokeswoman, College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock declined to comment on Haden’s sideline incident because he had not had a chance to see it.
Maybe he can wait until next February to watch it.