Do you ever wonder where USC might be with competent leadership?
Let’s consider: Athletic director Mike Garrett was so uncooperative with the NCAA, it led to the organization’s draconian sanctions against the university. He also hired Lane Kiffin to replace Pete Carroll.
Athletic director Pat Haden then kept Kiffin too long and hired Steve Sarkisian, who was championed by no one outside his cronies in the athletic dept. His big move was to hire Clay Helton without a proper coaching search and the jury is still out on Helton.
Haden then had his non-profit scandals as he made his exit.
USC president Max Nikias is currently mired in his own scandals with the former medical school dean and health center gynecologist.
It’s stunning how the Board of Trustees blindly supports Nikias, happy to hide behind his $6 billion fundraising campaign.
You could also hold Nikias responsible for making Haden the athletic director plus Lynn Swann his successor even though Swann has no experience.
Swann’s not exactly distinguished himself by giving Clay Helton a five-year contract extension after last year’s sloppy season and no College Football Playoff appearances with Sam Darnold.
Plus, it’s hard to tell where he stands half the time because he keeps a fairly low profile unless hiring a minor sport coach at a thrifty salary.
If USC just had neutral leadership, it would be a lot better off.