USC has hired Mike Bohn to be its next athletic director, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The good news is Bohn has absolutely no USC ties. Before he became the athletic director Cincinnati, he was the athletic director at Colorado from 2005-13 before he was forced out. Colorado president Bruce Benson was unhappy more money had not been raised for athletic dept. facilities.
Bohn hired Mike MacIntyre at Colorado and Luke Fickell at Cincinnati. He also hired Dan Hawkins at Colorado and called it a “home run” hire. It was considered a good hire but Hawkins went 16-33.
He hired Tom Cable at Idaho. Cable is another well-respected coach but was not successful at Idaho. At least he didn’t hire Cable’s successor, Nick Holt.
Bohn also led Colorado’s departure from the Pac-12 to the Big 12.
What do I think? I don’t know a lot about Bohn but I know he has been an athletic director, which is more than Mike Garrett, Pat Haden and Lynn Swann. So it’s a good step forward. I also know some of the bigger names were not interested or turned it down.
He won’t come to Heritage Hall and want to be on the golf simulator all day or go to autograph shows instead of doing his job. He is an outsider, so there won’t any chumminess with any boosters or long-time employees.
At the end of the day, the big question is whether he fires Clay Helton.
P.S. It is ironic that the only two times USC hired an athletic director from the outside (Mike McGee, Bohn), they came from Cincinnati.