Why did Lynn Swann become the third straight USC athletic director to be forced out after Mike Garrett and Pat Haden?
And why did it happen after a 45-20 victory over Stanford?
People within the university tell me this is just USC president Carol Folt’s systemic housecleaning of upper management.
Folt has hired a new provost; a new vice president of student affairs and created the position of vice president of human resources. It took her a couple months after she started to get around to athletics.
Since July 1, her office has been inundated with calls and emails complaining about Swann. But the tipping point was really the College Admissions Scandal and the pending NCAA investigation into the basketball program.
The next athletic director will be an outsider.
That is the lesson from having people with no experience that were former USC football players.
Swann was never interested in learning how to be an athletic director. He was more interested in golf. He ran lousy coaching searches. He alienated donors. He inexplicably gave Clay Helton a five-year contract extension and refused to fire him last season.
“This looks like USC firing two people because the new A.D. will want his own football coach,” said a rival athletic director via text.
He was about as bad an athletic director as possible. It is also telling Folt made Dave Roberts, who was actually unpopular within and outside the athletic dept., as the interim instead of long-time administrator Steve Lopes.
Give Folt her due. This is the type of action USC requires. And I can think of a few more people who need to go.