Can we read any tea leaves with new USC president Carol Folt on how she might deal with the dysfunctional athletic dept.?
When Folt was president of North Carolina, the only athletic director was Bubba Cunningham, who was hired after the NCAA started its investigation into the athletic-academic scandal. Larry Fedora was the only football coach until being fired in November.
It should also be mentioned that Cunningham is a real athletic director, serving as the A.D. at Tulsa and Ball State before coming to North Carolina. So he’s not a former football star more interested in playing golf.
Ironically, as she is about to be replaced, interim Wanda Austin was actually asked about Lynn Swann‘s performance as athletic director in an interview with Annenberg Media.
“My comments would be that we certainly are doing a complete investigation around athletics because of the admission scandal and concern,” Austin said. “After we complete that review and find out the facts of who knew what and/or who should have known what. That obviously will be something that will be reviewed with the board.”
Should Swann have known about the college admissions scandal? He will argue no. Others will disagree.
- USC held its Pro Day on Wednesday and the most impressive stat was center Toa Lobendahn doing the bench press 36 times. Lobendahn’s mark would have ranked second among all players at the NFL combine.
Here are 40 times: Isaiah Langley 4.50; Marvell Tell 4.57; Aca’Cedric Ware 4.60; Ajene Harris 4.63; Jonathan Lockett 4.69; Porter Gustin 4.73; Austin Applebee 4.75; Tyler Petite 4.76; Reuben Peters 4.96; Malik Dorton 5.12; Jordan Austin 5.37; Chris Brown 5.48.
Marvell Tell also registered a 41-inch vertical leap, which would have tied for fifth among safeties at the combine.
- Former USC coach Steve Sarkisian will be paid $1.55 million next season at Alabama.