Pat Haden, the athletic director who steered USC through NCAA sanctions but was plagued by turmoil in recent months, will retire in June.
The former USC quarterback’s five-plus years leading the department were marked by improved facilities and fundraising, but also tumult on and off the field.
In a letter Friday to the USC community, university President C.L. Max Nikias praised Haden’s “Herculean effort” to rebuild the department in the aftermath of the NCAA penalties stemming from the Reggie Bush scandal.
“Our campus now bears Pat’s stamp in perpetuity,” Nikias wrote.
Haden is believed...