According to information relayed by L.A. Times reporter Lindsey Thiry, USC athletic director Pat Haden is stepping down from the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Bill Hancock announces that #USC‘s Pat Haden will step down from College Football Playoff Selection committee due to health reasons.
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 30, 2015
Pat Haden on stepping down from CFB Playoff committee: “I am reluctant to step down, but my doctors advised me to reduce my traveling.” — Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 30, 2015
According to ESPN, Haden had received medical attention prior to USC’s 41-31 loss to Notre Dame. The report states that he had felt light-headed and had momentarily dropped to one knee.
Thanks for all the support. I checked out fine and am feeling great today! Proud of our effort vs ND, came up just short. Beat the Utes!
— Pat Haden (@ADHadenUSC) October 18, 2015
Haden, who has been the athletic director at USC since 2010, leaves a group consisting of prominent figures such as former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, legendary former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and former Superintendent of The United States Air Force Academy Lieutenant General Mike Gould (ret.).
Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the CFP, released the following statement regarding Haden’s exit.
JUST IN: USC AD Pat Haden will step down from the CFB Playoff Selection Committee. pic.twitter.com/sNFGSeRcBT
— 120 Sports (@120Sports) October 30, 2015