Lynn Swann kicked any decision on Clay Helton down the road for another year. A USC atheltic dept. employee said he basically is putting it in the lap of the new president, who has not yet been hired.
Why? Swann doesn’t really seem to like the day-to-day aspects of being athletic director and doesn’t want to solely own any big decision regarding football.
What is appalling about this is Swann is not shy expressing his disgust for USC football under Helton . . . behind the scenes. For example, he lashed out at defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast last season before a game about the lack of discipline. He told former USC football players (most of whom don’t really like him) that USC’s 10 victories last season were not that impressive because it really matters who you beat (USC lost to Notre Dame and Ohio State).
But Swann didn’t want to deal with the messiness of firing Helton, which probably included getting approval from a donor and asking for money to pay off Helton; then conducting a coaching search amid media scrutiny.
Instead, now he can continue to focus on playing golf and pretending he knows more than everyone else about football without really dealing with it.