Did you see the L.A. Times story on USC mega-donor Wayne Hughes, who the paper reports has donated around $400 million to the university.
Many believe Hughes is responsible for Lynn Swann becoming USC athletic director. Some speculate he may even pay some or all of Swann’s salary.
Former USC players remember Hughes, Swann, O.J. Simpson and Sam Cunningham being partners in a health club in Pasadena during the 1970’s.
“Lynn was always jealous of O.J.’s relationship with Wayne,” said a former USC player who did not wish to be identified. “He had to take a backseat with Wayne and he didn’t like it.”
Cowlings became close to Hughes through Simpson and lives at his residence in Malibu.
Cowlings name is on a dorm because of Hughes’ $15 million donation. Few know that Hughes also endowed the head track job at USC because he does not want credit for anything.
And the $5-10 million to for Jim Sterkel Court at the Galen Center.
The end of the day question is whether Hughes can save Swann’s job if USC wants to fire him. Hughes is not a heavy-handed guy so it is debateable if he wants to exert that power.