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All eyes on Haden now

By committing to Lane Kiffin for 2013, Pat Haden puts himself on the line

Updated: November 18, 2012, 8:36 PM ET
By Steve Bisheff | WeAreSC
The pressure isn't just on Lane Kiffin anymore. Now it is on Pat Haden, too.

The athletic director everyone admires has publicly endorsed the coach almost everyone wants fired. And while it is good to see Haden stand by his man, someone also should remind him that his reputation is unavoidably linked with Kiffin's now.

He also should know that it won't be easy bouncing back from the most disappointing USC football season in 16 years. That's what 2012 has become, in case they haven't noticed over in Heritage Hall.