USC Appeals Sanctions to NCAA
USC is appealing its NCAA sanctions this weekend in front of the Infractions Appeals Committee.
Haden will be asking the appeals committee Saturday to reduce the bowl ban to one year (already served) and to cut the scholarship loss to 15, rather than 30.
Haden told the L.A. Daily News that he knows the odds are long.
"I'm just realistic," Haden said. "Ten percent of appeals are successful."
He said on a Los Angeles radio show Tuesday that the "burden of proof is high."
"But we have a good argument and we'll do the best we can," Haden said. "We're well prepared, we're addressing some reasonable people, we believe, and we'll see how it goes after Saturday."
A decision on the appeal isn't expected for several weeks, likely after National Signing Day on Feb. 2.
Haden said at a recent athletic department gathering that he doesn't believe recent NCAA cases involving Auburn's Cam Newton or members of the Ohio State football team will impact USC's appeal. He called them "apples and oranges."
The athletic director has indicated he will not pursue any further appeals after this.
Haden will be accompanied by university president Max Nikias, USC's vice president for athletic compliance, David Roberts, associate athletic director J.K. McKay and university lawyers. Football coach Lane Kiffin is not making the trip.
The NCAA cited for USC for "a lack of institutional control" in June, instituting a two-year bowl ban and putting the program on probation for four years with a reduction of 10 scholarships a year for three years.