Pat Haden. Photo via
Pat Haden. Photo via

USC athletic director Pat Haden was taken to a hospital from the campus Wednesday as a precaution after he reported feeling “light-headed,” a school spokesman said.

Haden, 63, was walking on campus after a meeting late this morning when he felt ill and decided to sit down, said USD sports information director Tim Tessalone.

Haden was attended to by medical personnel, and he walked back to his office at Heritage Hall. He was then taken by ambulance for further medical treatment about 10:45 a.m., Tessalone said.

Late this afternoon, Tessalone said Haden was resting comfortably at a hospital and he was undergoing tests. Haden himself took to Twitter to give an update of his own.

“Thanks for all the good wishes,” Haden wrote. “Thx to Russ Romano and the USC docs! Hope to (go) home soon. Fight On!!”

Tessalone said Wednesday’s situation was similar to what happened on Oct. 17, when Haden became ill while on the sidelines during the USC-Notre Dame game in South Bend, Indiana.

Haden knelt to one knee on the sideline moments before kickoff and had to be helped to the locker room. He was examined by team doctors and was treated briefly at an Indiana hospital before flying back to Los Angeles that night aboard a private plane.

Last Friday, Haden announced that he will relinquish his athletic director duties at the end of June, but will continue working with the university for one year to help guide the renovation of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Haden became USC’s athletic director in 2010, replacing Mike Garrett, who held the post for 17 years. Haden, a former USC quarterback, had been serving on the university’s Board  of Trustees since 1991. He resigned that post when he was named athletic director.


—City News Service

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