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Video: USC AD Pat Haden runs to the sideline, argues with refs


Here's something you've never seen Jeremy Foley, Joe Castiglione, Gene Smith or Tom Jurich - heck, not even Jerry Jones or Al Davis - do: jog to the sidelines and argue a call.

That's USC athletics director Pat Haden on the field and, according to Kirk Herbstreit's account, he got much more animated than what the ESPN cameras captured. 

Haden was later interviewed by ESPN's Heather Cox. Here is a transcript via the Los Angeles Times. The penalty Haden refers to is an unsportsmanlike conduct flag against Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian: "I got a text just to come down because Sark wanted to talk to me, he felt the penalty was unfair and the referee explained he had warned him, so that's why he got the penalty. It's been a really frustrating quarter with the penalties, believe me."

Haden has another, and more powerful, job as a member of the College Football Playoff's selection committee. This means the person who jogged from the press box to wave his arms in the face of multiple referees is the same person who owns seven percent of the vote on the most powerful committee in sports.

Expect some sort of statement from the College Football Playoff folks before the end of the weekend.

(video via The Big Lead)