Did Lynn Swann really think it sounds plausible that he has played only three rounds of golf as a member of Wilshire Country Club in the past 365 days?
The doublespeak of his interview with the Athletic is standard for Swann, who tried to make himself sound like the hardest working A.D. in the country.
“Even this weekend, it was one day at the women’s golf Pac-12 championship at Palos Verdes. It’s staff meetings in the morning before that. It’s flying up to San Jose, watching the men’s team because golf reports to me directly. Watching the men in competition there, flying back in time for a head coaches’ staff meeting. A couple meetings after that, then going up to Palos Verdes to present the trophy for the women’s golf team. Then the basketball banquet that night, so you’re home at 9 p.m. That’s not a job, that’s kind of a lifestyle.”
He really makes his job sound hard. Keep in mind he missed five sports events at USC the day he was signing autographs in Virginia.
Swann hasn’t done a lot of interviews lately so the fact he agreed to sit with the Athletic tells me two things:
- He is unhappy with the way he is being portrayed in the media and wanted to rebut the criticism.
- Someone in the athletic dept. probably gently suggested he do an interview to combat the negative press.