Firing shows passion of Haden, McKay

LOS ANGELES -- As unfortunate as it was, one of the unfathomable byproducts of the former Lane Kiffin era was the fans’ concern regarding the overall commitment by USC athletic director, Pat Haden, and lifetime friend and working associate, senior associate athletic director J.K. McKay, to the Trojans storied football program.

Whoever thought that at some point people would be questioning the devotion, passion, and logic of these two beloved, legendary Trojans football icons?

The Lane Kiffin factor so befuddled and incensed those inside and outside the program, it eventually began to shed a negative spotlight on the fabled Haden and McKay.

Uncertainty arose on whether two of the most recognizable USC football players of all-time still had the passion regarding the program in which they had left an indelible mark. Had managing the Trojans football program as athletic director and football administrator become more recreational than athletic for Haden and McKay?