Whoever USC hires as president will obviously be more concerned with implementing new policies, changing the culture and, of course, fund raising.
But how will the new president affect athletics? Will Lynn Swann and Clay Helton be less secure under a president who did not hire them?
Considering the impact of recent scandals on Max Nikias, will a new president be less sympathetic if more charges are levied against the basketball program?
Will a new president even have knowledge of sports? Steven Sample was often intimidated by sports because he did not feel he knew enough and let Mike Garrett run things most of the time without much input. Nikias was a huge sports fan but that didn’t mean he was terribly knowledgeable.
It did mean he would approve just about any project brought to him regarding athletics. Either way, it will be interesting to see how a new president handles athletics.
They do make an impact: Sample let things operate by themselves, until a problem was brought to him or he was unable to ignore it. Nikias was a micro-manager, which could be good at getting things done or bad by simply hiring former football players as athletic director without a national search.