A lot of people were surprised by the NCAA's decision to reinstate Auburn quarterback Cam Newton without penalty after a pay-for-play scheme involving his father Cecil, but few were as surprised as USC athletic director Pat Haden.
Haden took over a program in August that was handed some of the harshest NCAA sanctions in history after the parents of Reggie Bush were ruled to have accepted extra benefits from agents and would-be sports marketers.
"In the Reggie Bush case, when the parent [did] something inappropriate the kid and the school suffered," Haden told Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.
He added: "I was always told the parent is the child. That's what we've been telling our kids. If the parent does something inappropriate the child suffers the consequences."
USC argued that it was unaware of any improprieties involving Bush's parents because they lived near San Diego, but the NCAA still put the hammer down on the Trojans.