There is definitely a new attitude and new leadership at USC.
This was the most important quote from the press conference: “My intent is to listen, to learn and to lead, in that order.”
This is directly opposite the attitude of Lynn Swann, who never tried to learn how to be an athletic director.
“I am immensely passionate and energetic,” Bohn said.
Again, a direct contradiction from Swann’s attitude. Unless he was on a golf course.
So USC can only get better from an athletic director standpoint. And Carol Folt made clear USC benefits from hiring people with outside experience. Also a plus.
Folt said there would be no limitations on who Bohn can hire. I hope this is true because it would go against what she has said privately when she described Urban Meyer as “radioactive” and there was a snag during negotiations regarding Meyer, according to sources.
Bohn also kept the heat on Clay Helton with this comment:
“Just like any program . . . we expect him to finish strong. It’s important to win. I’m not trying to add more pressure to him or the student athletes (but) good programs finish strong.”
That does add more pressure, actually, which is fine.
Bottom line: I like Bohn’s philosophy and I think he knows what he needs to do to make USC better.
On a non-football note, he needs to be given more money to hire coaches because many of the non-football hires under Lynn Swann have been uninspired.