USC Athletic director, ‘proud father of a gay son,’ skips Indiana playoff meeting

Pat Haden

Pat Haden

Pat Haden

Pat Haden

LOS ANGELES — University of Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Haden posted on Twitter at @ADHadenUSC: “I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #EmbraceDiversity.”

The meeting coincides with the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Haden is one of five current athletic directors on the 13-member selection committee that picks the four teams to participate in the College Football Playoff and compete for the national championship.

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