BREAKING: Lynn Swann “Resigns”

Lynn Swann is out as USC athletic director.

USC president Carol Folt made the announcement today (below).

No way Swann made this decision. And Folt is actually going to have a proper search committee.

This is bad news for Clay Helton because new athletic directors like to hire their own coaches.

Here is the statement from Folt:

Dear Trojan Community, 

I am writing to share my sincere appreciation for Lynn Swann, who has decided to resign from his position as the Director of Athletics effective today.

Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan family. Lynn has led our Athletics Department to five national championships in five different women’s and men’s sports during his tenure.

Our student-athletes’ cumulative GPA for the past two years and our graduation rate of 86% last year were all-time highs for USC Athletics. We appreciate Lynn’s leadership of the department over these past three years and will continue to be grateful for his historic contributions to USC.

I have asked Dave Roberts, currently a special advisor to the President, to serve as Interim Director of Athletics until a permanent replacement is named. In his current role, Dave serves as the NCAA’s Vice Chair of the Committee on Infractions.

His experience, relationships and understanding of collegiate athletics, including as a student-athlete at UC Davis, make him well-qualified to lead the department during this period.   I am pleased to introduce the committee who will conduct the national search for our next, permanent athletic director.

USC Trustee Suzanne Nora Johnson will chair the search committee, which includes alumni representative Bill Allen; Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp; Faculty Athletics Representative Alan Green; Academic Senate President Rebecca Lonergan; Provost Charles Zukoski; and trustees Jeff Smulyan, William McMorrow, and Board Chair Rick Caruso. Importantly, the committee will also include two student-athletes, who will be named shortly.

The position will be filled with an experienced and accomplished individual, and I encourage you to share your thoughts and recommendations with the committee via email at adsearch@usc.edu

Our Athletics Department puts our student-athletes first by pursuing excellence with integrity. We will build on the traditions and strengths of our exceptional athletics program. Our outstanding coaches, administrators and student-athletes work tirelessly every day both in the classroom and on the playing field, to embody the very best of the Trojan spirit.

Our Athletics Department, working together with faculty and staff across the university, is focused on preparing all of our students for success in life, wherever they may go. We will keep our tremendous Trojan heritage and tradition of strength going forward in all of our athletics programs.

There is so much to look forward to and I am excited about our future. 

Sincerely,

 Carol L. Folt

President

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89 thoughts on “BREAKING: Lynn Swann “Resigns”

    1. James —at least Swann didn’t make USC fire him so that he could turn around and sue us for firing a guy with a disability….
      #…OneNiceThingAboutAResignation

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      1. James –You’re a strategist —doesn’t this begin to look like USC is preparing to get themselves a new head coach for football….and they need someone other than Swann in place to make the hire?
        #InOtherWords,IsThisJustStepOneIn3PartPlan?

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      2. Yes – someone above already said it so I will defer to them: You make this move because then, regardless of on-field results (short of a 12 win/playoff run type of season), you’ve lined up termination/buyout payment approval/new hire (or at least process for arriving at)…so the writing is assuredly on the wall…the long pole in the tent is can they finally execute a hiring process for head football coach (which would be a first – as we’ve examined more than once, all of the success USC has enjoyed in football, post-Howard Jones, has been in many respects by accident)…we all are drawn to Urban…but that’s really because his track record is what we want (ie someone to restore us to Pete/McKay times)…but am guessing the odds of that actually happening are a lot less than many might be hoping for…so it’s going to be a hiring process…and this time, they will need to get it right (and we all know the repeated mistakes, running the gamut from money to nepotism, that have been made previously)…

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      3. James —Allow me to raise the negative angle to all this. A lot of times large institutions make corrections at exactly the wrong time (some offshoot of the Balance Wheel theory). The team believes in Harrell —- a search team probably means Harrell is gone. I guess Harrell leading us to first in the nation in combined rushing/passing offense might save him —- but it looks dicey. Is this the best thing for team right now?

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      4. MG – You will recall I have always been skeptical of the “Harrell Expedient” … that move was and still is a band aid (much like a congressional CR) … there is never a better time than the present to do what is in the best interest of the program for the long term …

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    2. Folt’s decisiveness is very encouraging; she took over on July 1st and made one of the most corrupt and inept cogs of the corrupt and inept previous regime gone in less than three month. Besides, it must’ve really rankled her that he chose to go autograph siginging instead of to a retreat to meet the new president.

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      1. Yup bullseye Jack – that stunt flying to VA to get aid for autographs when the rest of the schools administrators met in Santa Barabra – at a minimum you keep your job or the possibility of retaining it – what’d this moron do? Go to some ‘Boone’s Farm’ hall for $2,500 (estimate).

        Any administrator would move to fire him if this is the foresight shown for his own career.

        Good riddance to Swann – go talk to Nikias

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      2. Jake —Check out who’s heading the Search Team before you get over-excited: The World Renowned Expert On All Things Sports, Suzanne Nora Johnson. We’re only seeing the very tip of the iceberg on this…..
        #….Let’sHoldTheApplause

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      1. MG, given that Folt has already exceeded my expectations with her decisiveness, and that the “search committee” has already been formed, might indicate that things are not only moving fast but there’s the likelihood of at least a couple of names already in the hopper, names that are favored by Folt herself. She doesn’t strike me as someone who’s going to rubber stamp just anyone. And let’s not forget: she made this announcement right after a most improbable win, something that Swann must’ve seen as a feather in his cap. I’m guessing she must’ve watched Godfather II last night.

        Swann: but the coach everybody thought I should’ve fired last year just beat Stanford.
        Folt: you’re out, Tom, I mean, Lynn.

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      1. Swann must’ve felt the ill winds blowing his way when he invited Folt to practice, hoping Helton’s North Eastern Southern Western Kentucky charm would turn the tide in his favor. But his fate was sealed when the first words out of Gomer’s mouth were, and I’m quoting here, “Carol Folt is the love of my life.”

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      2. You’re right, Jake —A guy can’t use that line twice (especially if the first time he used it he was referring to his 300 pound center)…
        #WomenAreFunnyAboutStuffLikeThat…..

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    1. Ultra -weird timing, Clay. Scott is right —everyone —including the football team —-will assume that Clay has just been placed on a much tighter leash. Maybe when things are looking bright, you let things alone…..
      #….AndFireHimAtEndOfSeason

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      1. Clay —Folks need to spend a little less time cheering and more time checking out the people on the Search Committee —how in the fuck did Suzanne Nora Johnson get put in charge? What on earth qualifies her to direct this search?

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      2. Michael,

        You put certain people on a search committe for a variety of reasons not football related. She may not know X’s and O’s or the star recruiting system but likely brings something else, something important to the table.

        Maybe one person handles the financials of hiring a new A.D. How much can we pay, how much can we scale the buyout, working perks, etc. Then another handles the actual contract clauses. I’m sure another will look at the P.R. of hiring one or another candidate. And at today’s USC, I’m sure someone will look at the gender and ethnic considerations of every possible A.D. candidate.

        They may not know the difference between the wishbone and the Air Raid. But when it comes to hiring someone for a hundred million+/yr. department you can bet this will be a business decision much more than an athletic decision.

        #TheCommitteeIsLookingForABusinessLeaderMoreThanSomeoneWhoKNowsSports

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      3. marvienna —I’m sure you explained exactly —and I mean exactly —how this process will unfold.
        #I’veBeenPartOfCommittee’sLikeThat…..
        #….They AssureTriumphsOf Mishmash….

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  1. Swann must have gotten caught with his hands somewhere they don’t belong. No way he resigns without being pushed. If he hadn’t have fucked up somewhere, he wouldn’t quit.

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      1. Agreed…on this part (and no one would know better than you)…

        Don’t agree with waiting until end of season…the sooner the better…and that goes for Mr. Extension and his staff as well…

        But…as always…we’ll have to see how this shakes it up…sometimes unintended consequences? Could have negative effect…but then again…and I’ll grock on to to your remarks after Saturday night/Sunday morning…sitting at 2-0 coming off a big win…and since there is a lot of talent on hand…and a QB/OC combo that clicks…could this perhaps have a positive effect? Catalytic even!

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  2. Well said…

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  3. I’m not sold on Folt but I have to believe she has a plan to quickly overhaul many things, including athletics. The school’s image is in the toilet and only fast action can stop the bleeding.

    Helton better hope Slovis can start at least 4-2 as I imagine Folt is ready to fire him, too.

    Brighter days ahead for SC sports.

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    1. Say what?!

      I would have waged $10k your fav song/anthem is Roger Miller’s “Chug-A-Lug.”

      “Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug
      Make you want to holler hi-de-ho
      Burns your tummy, don’tcha know
      Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug”

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      1. My dear Owns —guess which bruin coach will soon be heard singing that very song from inside a stall at the UCLA Athletic Department’s Men’s Room?

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  4. I bet Swann is very happy with his “see ya” severance package.

    Love Folt’s parting Swann shot:

    There is so much to look forward to and I am excited about our future.

    Sincerely,

    Carol L. Folt

    President

    *********************Ouch!

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  5. Swann was hired as AD in title but was brought in for fund raising. He apparently forced Helton to bring in Harrell and replace some assistant coaches but was limited because of budgetary reasons.

    An earlier post mentioned that Stanford did not try any deception plays during the game. That sounds like Helton’s M.O. when he would negotiate with the opposing coach to not touch long snapper Jake Olson on PAT’s. Maybe Helton negotiated this and reciprocated by SC doing the same? If so, BYU is going to be a real test and the Stanford game was surreal.

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  6. Swann really screwed SC over. He has made at least three new hires, the men’s water polo coach tennis, and the baseball coach. It will be another 3 to 5 years before they hire a new baseball coach. Water polo coach can be another long session.

    Good riddance Swann. Bring back Garrett.

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    1. Kelly is the one to lead the baby bears to relevance…..just a sweet $23.5 million and a lease with the Rose Bowl through 2044…..should have a great turnout Saturday…maybe >80K 75K will be OK fans…..what a joke bel-air tech truly is and always always will be

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      1. Chip made a video for the team today in which he exhorts them “to pull together and beat the 22 point spread.”
        #InBackgroundIsBeautifulRenditionOf”TheImpossibleDream”

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  7. I guess I can confess the secret I’ve been hiding now… I fell in love with the game of football itself watching Charles White run it for USC and Lynn Swann catch it for the Steelers. Lynn Swann was my favorite player on my favorite team and he truly captured my imagination. I would’ve worn #88 when I got to high school if the school had it and I was very disappointed to find out that they didn’t. I hope the players today know how much of an absolute baller their former AD was. I can’t be objective where Lynn Swann is concerned and that’s why I’ve never commented on him as an AD.

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      1. there is a big difference between catching a ball…he was great at it,
        and managing all the sports at a University…he was not great at it.
        SC has had some its former athletes coach SC teams and become AD,and point as fact to Jess Hill,he was recently honored by having his school stadium named for him,as pointed out by the wolf…

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    1. I used to try and imitate his aerial acrobatic catches in my grandpa’s backyard- especially the one against the Rams in the Super Bowl. However, he really stinks as an AD and I can’t be subjective.

      #abuelitotaughtmeotherlessonsaswell

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      1. I think I remember hearing that he studied ballet when he was a kid. His last name suited his game perfectly too. That Super Bowl against the Rams was an underrated one, but you may be thinking of Stallworth’s catch. The image that sticks with me the most is the one of someone lifting him up and him putting his finger up in the air. Classic NFL films moment… The Steelers never let a kid down back then and he was a big part of it. Thanks for the memories and moments, Mr. Swaan.

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      2. Clay:

        He was a great player and enjoyable to watch on the field. He was disappointing at best as the Athletic Director. When he was hired I had hoped that his experience playing for McKay and Noll on all of those championship teams would shape the way he approached the football program, but that did not happen. So we move on, and as MG and I have discussed with Haden, remember the Notre Dame game and Rose Bowl comeback, and try to block out, as much as is possible, the AD period.

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    2. You have class, Clay. I hope someone makes a hard copy of this page (redacting all the responses except yours, of course) and sends it to Lynn. He could probably use it about now. Glad his wife is a practicing psychologist —he could probably use a little of that about now, too.
      #StillWishHeScoredOnPuntReturnAgainstAlabama……

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      1. Misspellings are okay here, Clay. You can’t edit. I can’t tell you many times I say “crap—what a disaster” (a phrase I invented for summing up Friday night dates while at USC) when I read what I wrote after hitting “Send.”

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  8. To my knowledge, Carol Folt has never hired an AD before, Current UNC AD was hired before she got there. Encouraging would be the fact that USC should be able to hire an experienced high profile AD instead of a former player

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    1. Pac12 —-The operative word is “should.” Whether we do or not is totally an open question. I’m not encouraged by Folt’s selection of the Interim Athletic Director.

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  9. Congratulations to Carol Folt for getting rid of Swann. Helton should be next. But, let’s not overlook one of the worst offenders in the Athletic Department who skulks around corners and lays very low, but is a major part of the fiasco within the Department. That is Steve Lopes, second in command to Lynn Swann. This guy has been around for ages and has protected coaches like Kiffin, Sarkisian and Helton. He is the guy responsible for the season ticket fiasco that displaced so many long time season ticket holders from their seats and he is in charge of the Trojan Athletic Fund, which operates like this: pay us what we demand, or you are out of here. This guy gave a USC football scholarship to his kid who was a worthless football player at Palos Verdes High School. In his only appearance on the Coliseum floor during a game, the kid was out of position and they yanked him from further play. Now, (Matt Lopes) he works in the Athletic Department with his Dad (surprise, surprise, surprise). Steve Lopes also gave cover to Pat Haden who had no business being Athletic Director in the first place. He brought on board Haden’s chum, J.K. McKay, who was Kiffin’s babysitter during his tenure. You want bad news bears in your Athletic Department ? This is the guy who leads the pack with the biggest baton and doublespeak flourishes this side of the Mississippi. There will be no real change is the department until this guy is sent packing too. https://www.ocregister.com › 2017/12/24 › matt-lopes-grew-up-around-us…

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    1. I completely agree! Lopes is the cancer that is killing USC Athletics from the inside. That is why it is so important that USC hires a highly experienced and competent AD this time. Someone that will clean house and bring in a dynamic staff from other Universities. Instead of former USC student interns that just stayed and turned into lifers within the department. That is not how you build a world class department worthy of a legacy as great as USC’s!

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  10. President Folt let us know how she really felt about LSwann, when she stated: “The position will be filled with an experienced and accomplished individual . . .”

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  11. Usually when an AD is going to leave /retire he gives notice as to the future date,so a search can be conducted and thus smooth transition…this abrupt resignation seems to indicate heads will roll…

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      1. James —I’m not using the term in it’s strictest legal sense (wherein folks are construed to have actual notice of something that has been published but that they are not known to have seen) —I’m saying that every time Swann said something like “we need a complete culture change —therefore I’ve extended Helton’s contract for 99 years” or “it’s a hard road to hoe when you have such weak recruiting classes” he was signalling “I’m in this for the moment —I will disappear as soon as someone calls my bluff.”
        P. S.
        Speaking of Constructive Notice —-can’t the people who make DVD’s cut out the 10 minutes of prohibitions and statutory restrictions they place at the front end of their product since we’re all on constructive notice of all that crap anyway?

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