State of Troy: June 2012

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Each month, we interview athletic director Pat Haden to find out the latest news around Heritage Hall.

Dennerley-Kurzeka-Trophy.jpgWith the 2011-12 USC athletics season over, what stood out to you from another great year?

We showed the breadth of talent across our 21 sports with 11 teams finishing in the top seven nationally.  It is a testament to the student-athletes we recruit, the coaches on staff, our great facilities and our stiff competition.   We added two more NCAA titles with men's water polo and men's tennis completing four-peats in the same season, which has never been done here before.

What are your thoughts on the new women's basketball assistant coaching staff?

Michael Cooper has brought in some new blood to energize the program.  When you hire assistants, a coach is looking to complement his or her style, whether it is Thumbnail image for Cooper-Fresno-PC.jpgoffensively or defensively or maybe in recruiting.  Coach Cooper accomplished that by bringing in Daron Park, Tai Dillard and Evan Unrau.  We should be a very competitive team in the Pac-12 next year.

Reader question: How will the enhanced NCAA academic standards effect our team's postseason eligibility? - Mark Child

As long as we know what the mark is, an APR of 930 to be eligible for postseason play, we will get over the bar.  Retrospectively, only men's basketball would have been in any danger, due mostly to roster turnover with transfers, but the standards were different then.  Our student-athletes and academic services staff are competitive, so with a new mark in place, we will do our best to meet it or exceed it.

Woods-AZ-PC.jpgWhy should fans purchase the big game mini-plans for football season?

You can almost smell football season.  It is just around the corner.  We have a great home schedule this year highlighted by the Oregon and Notre Dame games, so you will not want to miss out on the chance to experience the Coliseum atmosphere.  Plus, the environment is generational.  I went with my dad and now many years later, I am taking my grandkids to games.

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What is on the AD's docket for the summer?

We are learning as much as we can.  I have tasked all my associate athletic directors to visit an athletic department that they admire to learn what we can do better.  Plus, we have so many ongoing development projects with the John McKay Center, Heritage Hall, the Uytengsu Aquatics Center and potentially the Coliseum to keep us plenty busy.


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Want to be positive, it is hard when Haden acts like he is talking to fools when it comes to sports at USC. Counting the teams who finished seventh or better at the ncaa come up with the following: 2 - tennis, 2 - water polo, 2- volleyball, 2- swimming , rowing, woman golf, and football. The other big three of basketball twice, baseball, and track were irrelevant on the national scene. The truth is that tennis (maybe not doubles) , golf, and swimming (relays), and track & field (except 2 relays) are individual accomplishments thrown together to make a team sport for scoring. What should be on his docket for summer is finding new coaches for both basketball squads, and baseball most definitely.

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