Haden, 62, fell to a knee on the sideline and was helped to the locker room under his own power by medical staff.
USC’s official update stated that Haden “took a knee” before the game, felt light-headed and left during the game. He stopped at a local hospital before taking a private plane back to California.
This week had been hectic for the Trojans program after USC fired head coach Steve Sarkisian earlier in the week, leading up to the team’s major rivalry game against the Irish in South Bend.
Haden has had health issues in the past, and was reportedly hospitalized twice in August 2014 for undisclosed reasons. His health caused rumors that Haden might have been stepping down prior to the 2015 season. He told the Orange County Register that this is his last season serving on the College Football Playoff committee, which he was also a part of in 2014 and handles in addition to his duties at USC.
- Jeremy Woo