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Junior Seau Dead: USC AD Pat Haden, HC Lane Kiffin Issue Statements

With the tragic passing of former USC great Junior Seau, both USC Trojans athletic director Pat Haden and head coach Lane Kiffin had things to say concerning his passing.

Haden: "We are tremendously saddened to hear this news and our hearts go out to his family and children. Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history. He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55."

Kiffin: "This is a very sad day. The USC football program and the entire Trojan Family extends our condolences to Junior's family. He was one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. Our team and fans were very fortunate to see him just a couple of weeks ago at our Spring Game at the Coliseum. He will be deeply missed."

Seau struggled when he initially made it to USC with his grades, but he eventually blossomed into a top All-American linebacker who helped anchor the Trojan defense to consecutive Rose Bowls. Seau is considered to be the first in the line of great USC linebackers, and his number 55 has been worn by almost every great Trojan linebacker to pass through the school ever since.

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