Lynn Swann turned 70 today.
I almost find it hard to believe his terrible tenure as USC athletic director took place.
The day he got hired, I was critical of the move. The USC sports information director, Tim Tessalone, told me “I didn’t understand that the Trojan Family wanted” former players like Swann to succeed Pat Haden.
Swann’s worst move was giving Clay Helton a contract extension with no buyout. He also decided not to fire Helton when it was obvious he had to go.
But Swann also did plenty of other things, like alienating fans by moving their seats during the Coliseum renovation and going across the country to attend an autograph show while skipping a university retreat that discussed the Varsity Blues scandal.
His penchant for playing golf also was a sore spot (thanks to yours truly) and went viral to the point where long-time New York sports-talk host Chris “Mad Dog” Russo ripped USC.
“And then I look at USC, that fraudulent joint, that’s got Lynn Swann playing golf every afternoon,” Russo said.
Listen to Russo’s tirade here.