It was a dark time for USC athletics.
The football and men's basketball teams were facing some of the harshest sanctions in NCAA history, the athletic director was gone and university administrators needed someone to stabilize the situation.
So the school did what it has almost always done, turning to one of its own.
FOR THE RECORD
An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the athletic director before Pat Haden had been fired. Haden's predecessor, Mike Garrett, left but was not fired.
When Pat Haden took over the athletic department in the summer of 2010, he became the seventh man to hold the...