Do you think Lynn Swann knew he was getting fired Monday?
Well, here is what happened: Swann showed up at USC on Sunday and met with USC coach Clay Helton, which is a normal occurence during football season. There were no indications anything out of the ordinary was going on, per sources.
Swann arrived at USC on Monday morning and met with the women’s golf team because he personally served as the administrator in charge of the golf programs.
Again, nothing out of the ordinary was in the air.
At 10:30 a.m., Swann went to Bovard Administration Building for a meeting with USC president Carol Folt, where he was told his services were no longer required.
A USC administrator told me Swann had no inkling the meeting was going to be his “swan song” as athletic director.
“He spent time with her at the game Saturday night and there was no indication he was going to be fired,” the source said.
For proof, look at the photo below from the USC-Stanford game:
“He thought the meeting was for typical university business,” the source said.
Folt and Swann broke the news to Helton before noon. Folt’s office then crafted a resignation letter for Swann after their meeting. At 12:41 p.m., the resignation statement was emailed to the “USC community.”
And Folt became a folk hero to many USC fans.