Pat Haden: Autonomy good for athletes 

August, 8, 2014
USC athletic director Pat Haden weighed in on the subject of the NCAA “power five” vote that took place on Thursday, giving greater autonomy to the top five conferences in creating rules that apply to their group.

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Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesUSC athletic director Pat Haden wants college athletes to get more free time.
“This isn’t a surprise; it’s an expected result,” Haden said. “It’s good for the student-athlete and it doesn’t mean those outside the power-five conferences can’t do more, but we probably have the resources to do more than others, and that’s the way it’s been for a long time.

“If you look at what we’re doing at USC, we’ve already implemented the four-year scholarships and we’ve made changes in our eating policy; we’re always going to do as much as we’re allowed to do. There are still going to be some things that are outside of this autonomy vote. We can’t just sit here and say ‘OK, we’re going to have 15 baseball scholarships now.' That would be putting those other conferences at a disadvantage.”