New athletic director Mike Bohn looked a people person at USC on Thursday.
That alone seperated him from Lynn Swann and is one reason for optimism at USC. Swann never cared about the fans.
Bohn’s first tweet at USC was with an employee who works at one of the entrances to the campus. You think Swann ever talked to someone he didn’t have to?
Maybe the difference is Swann was always a star at USC and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fans fawned over him.
By contrast, Bohn completed 5 of 19 passes for 70 yards with no TDs and two interceptions in his only season at Kansas in 1982.
- Bohn and USC president Carol Folt were supposed to go to Thursday night’s women’s volleyball game vs. Utah. The Trojans lost in five sets and dropped to 13-10 overall. Bohn needs to fix women’s volleyball too.
- Always the optimist, Clay Helton said this Thursday:
“To win five of the last six, with the injuries and the youth, you’d see a team grow,” Helton said.
That sounds like a case being made to show Bohn. Now Helton just needs to win the next three games.
- With Michael Pittman bothered by a sprained ankle this week, it just reminded me that two USC coaches reportedly got into an argument on the sideline with John Baxter during the Oregon game because Baxter wanted to insert an injured Pittman on special teams.
- If Bohn is making more than $1 million per year, he would still make $2-3 million less than what Swann reportedly made as athletic director.
- Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal wondered how the USC athletic director’s job was only conisdered fifth-best in a recent analysis by AthleticDirectorU.
“How did USC drop so far? The best answer I’ve heard is when Commissioner Larry Scott convinced USC and UCLA to accept an even revenue distribution plan in 2010, which meant the Trojans and Bruins would take home the same conference revenue as Washington State and Arizona. From a league perspective, it was the right thing to do, but it also took away any leverage USC and UCLA had from the days when they received more of the revenue.”
- When Howard Jones was USC’s coach from 1925-40, he was known for being a teetotaler. When USC would go on road trips, they would often take a train and his assistant coaches would sneak into another railroad car so they could drink.
- In 1963, No. 1-ranked USC played No. 3-ranked Oklahoma at the Coliseum before only 39,345 fans. One reason was the heat: It was 120 degrees on the field. Canopies were erected on the sidelines for both teams.
- One story from the game involved Oklahoma’s big tailback, Joe Don Looney, who weighed 224 pounds.
Looney barreled down the field on one play and USC defensive backs Mike Garrett and Willie Brown were all that stood in front of him. Garrett used to say the pair looked at each other and Garrett said, “uh, uh.” Neither made the tackle.
Oklahoma won the game, 17-12, and rushed for 307 yards.
Garrett and Brown were obviously great USC tailbacks but in that season players went two-ways.
Looney played the following week against Texas and then was kicked off the team by Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson.