An athletic director at a Mountain West Conference school posed the following question to me this morning:
“What has Lynn Swann accomplished as athletic director at USC?”
I thought about it and said, “He gave contract extensions to Clay Helton and Andy Enfield.”
Now this conversation comes right as USC won conference titles in men’s tennis, beach volleyball, women’s water polo and women’s lacrosse. I would note Swann did not hire any of those coaches.
Swann did extend Helton and Enfield, keep baseball coach Dan Hubbs and hire women’s basketall coach Mark Trakh. These programs are performing below expectations.
But has he really accomplished anything? The main reason is Swann’s tenure is really about doing nothing and punting on big decisions.
When scandals break (i.e. Tony Bland, Donna Heinel, Jovan Vavic), Swann just claims ignorance. One thing about being an athletic director: You can’t be afraid of making a tough decision.
But when you would rather play golf, you don’t tackle real problems.