Thursday Buzz: Brandon Sosna Leaves USC

Brandon Sosna, the right-hand man to Mike Bohn since Bohn arrived at USC, has left to become the Detroit Lions’ Senior Director of Football Administration.

The unanimous response of the media is that Sosna’s departure is a “big loss” for USC.

That’s because if Sosna was adept at anything, it was cultivating the media and selectively leaking information.

Every move he made at USC was always accompanied by a story somewhere lauding his decision-making, because he gave the media the story. At times, he was portrayed as being the only administrator in the country to grasp COVID-19 or being a savant at recognizing the importance of social media (where USC has screwed up repeatedly with the famous COVID hype video and tasteless/inaccurate social media posts).

Sosna leaves USC with the coup of hiring Lincoln Riley.

That alone will please the fans and cement his legacy.

But as I’ve said before, it only happened because Riley wanted to leave Oklahoma. He spoke to LSU too. But going to Disneyland (Pac-12) beats going to Jurassic Park (SEC).

You can’t hire a superstar if the superstar doesn’t want to leave his current job.

Fans won’t know or remember he ran the search for a defensive coordinator that resulted in hiring the awful Todd Orlando.

Sosna obviously thinks he can be an NFL GM sooner than being an athletic director at a major university. He might be right. And it’s a plum job in pro sports if you attain it.

At the same time, lesser figures in the athletic dept. said Sosna could be unapproachable, probably because he was most interested in the splashy decisions that bring notoriety.

With Sosna leaving, it will be interesting to see who Coach Bohn relies on for the baseball hire.

76 thoughts on “Thursday Buzz: Brandon Sosna Leaves USC

  1. Carol: “I will miss gazing at Brandon’s cute butt”
    Lincoln: “I won’t”
    Bohn (as tie-breaker): “I’m with Carol”

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      1. If Scottie was doing exec search, who would run the old-school restaurant pictures? The USC photos from the hidden vault? Who would crap on Enfield, and pretty much every other USC coach (LR will get his in due time. Scottie is waiting like a cheetah, ready to pounce as soon as something goes south for Riley.)

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      2. The great Mel Brooks used to say that whenever he did two man shows with Dick Cavett he’d feel like a leopard in a tree waiting for an antelope to walk underneath….

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  2. Wolf, why are you such a jealous little bitch? Sosna has more talent in him and has accomplished more in his 27 years than you will in your whole life! Always finding a negative slant, along with putting up pictures of old restaurants – those are your talents, that’s pretty much it.

    Brandon Sosna came to USC Athletics in December of 2019 as senior associate athletic director and chief of staff.

    In 2020, he was named to the Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Sports” list and made the Sports Business Journal’s “New Voices Under 30” ranking in 2019.

    He was Cincinnati’s chief revenue officer in 2019, overseeing all aspects of the department’s external operation.

    Sosna spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, where he was promoted to be the club’s salary cap and contract analyst in May of 2018 after first serving in the football administration department. He assisted in the negotiation and execution of player contracts and participated in the club’s NFL draft and free agency processes. He also developed innovative systems for performing player valuations, market analyses, multi-year roster scenario modeling, and trade value calculations.

    Previously, he was a member of Cincinnati’s athletic department for two years (2015-17), the first as director of strategic relations/associate director of marketing and the next as the Bearcats’ chief of staff.

    Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sosna earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, he interned in the Cincinnati athletic director’s office.

    In 2017, Sosna was named to the Front Office Sports “Rising 25 Presented by TeamWork Online,” recognizing the top 25 sports business professionals 25 and younger. Cincinnati Refined named Sosna “One of 14 Who Will Totally Rock Cincy in 2016.”

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      1. I have a suspicion Sosna had more to do with LR’s hiring than what Bohn, Folt, and the politician led us to believe. He may have been the brains behind the whole thing but had to step back so the big wigs could take the bow.

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  3. I agree with Scott Wolf, getting Riley was more a result of timing than anything else. Before that, Bohn and Brandon had run the program into the ground.

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      1. And the BOT, which was good with Max and Pat and Lynn and Folt and let’s not forget Wanda Austin, the interim prez, who said about Clay “I like him. He doesn’t drink or smoke or run around with women.”

        #SheWouldHaveFiredRedSandersInANewYorkMinute

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  4. I think that Sosa was good at what he did. As far as hiring Orlando…..with CH as HC, there were not a lot of options to get a great DC. Why would a great DC want to come to work under CH when CH was constantly on the hot seat? If Bohn ever decides to leave, Sosa might be a good choice to replace him.

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  5. Scooter,

    Now that Sosna is gone, how do you think Bohn will do? Was it Bohn who found the coaches or was it Sosna? Bohn’s future is at stake with the hiring of the baseball coach. He has to make a good choice and the coach has to get htme into the playoffs within two years.

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    1. Not really. He could hire me to be the baseball coach and almost nobody would care other than a handful of die hards. Lincoln Riley and football are #1, Enfield and basketball are #2. All the rest of the hires Bohn makes don’t really matter one way or the other if those two programs are winning.

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      1. No, Goose! Bohn will be fired if USC doesn’t go undefeated in baseball next season…!!!
        #YouCanTakeThatToTheBank!!
        #Bohn:LivingOnBorrowedTime!

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      2. Goose,

        Bohn hire the new track coach and he did well. I think Bohn understands that it is very important for SC’s history and image that they hire a good coach and they win in all sports. Most sports are doing well at SC. Items to improve are baseball and women’s basketball is still a wait and see.

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  6. Trump was sued.
    By the government for not renting to blacks. The government won. Then we have Charlottesville. Good people on both sides. Oh my God. Then see trump throw paper towels to people in Puerto Rico that had just lost everything. What kind of animal would do that ? Then see him permanently separate babies from their parents at the border because their paperwork was. Wink. Wink. Lost. This was done to discourage the poor from coming to the border. And this board likes trump ? He is a racist white supremist and unfit to be around rats let alone humans.

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    1. Yeah, better to have people struggling to feed their babies & families, people dying in Afghanistan, Ukraine and more than likely Taiwan before the end of summer. Not to mention millions who will either starve or suffer food insecurity over the next year or two, as a result of the conflict & the resulting shortages.

      Trump’s childish behavior at times and his mean tweets were far worse. In fact, I still lose sleep over them. /sarc

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      1. You are so blind So Cal. It takes a good man (a man like Joe Biden) to bankrupt the country and destroy our energy sector AND still have the compassion to bring in millions of people on the promise of free medical, housing and education. Only a good man would be willing to do that to the millions of poor people living in this country right now. I’m sure the end result of inviting in millions —who we can’t afford to feed or house —will have positive effects on the lives of American working poor.
        #GodBlessJoeBidenForBeingSuchAHumanitarian
        #GoddamnDonaldTrumpForDozensOfTastelessTweets

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      2. You’re so right, MG, and thanks for making me see the error of my ways. How dare I put the suffering of millions ahead of anyone’s feelings! Shame on me! I’m going to enroll in an online sensitivity class right now!

        Of course, that will be after I listen to the Jan 6 testimony, because we all know that with two Pelosi appointed “Republicans” it will be completely unbiased.

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      3. This “Committee” (which couldn’t as a collective garner 1% of a national vote) is gonna attempt to “compel” Garland to pursue criminal charges against Trump and his allies to break up his team and keep him off the ballot….
        If they succeed, there will be a certain Florida Governor who comes along and easily wins the White House in 2024….. voters have had a belly full of this crap…..

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      4. Perhaps, MG. But that won’t stop people who act like petulant children from posting childish insults, including really lame sound effects.

        But I suppose when you’re in total denial about the impact the current administration is having on the not only our country but the rest of the world, it’s all they’ve got! LMAO

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      5. Ah geez stinking politics on a sports blog when will you people realize both of the parties suck and don’t give a rats ass about you or anyone else ??

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      6. Yes, both parties suck. But we didn’t have the complete shit storm we have now, when Trump was in office.

        It’s been one mess after another that this administration has caused over the past year and a half. No matter how much they try to put it on someone else. Smart people know exactly who’s responsible.

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    2. Oh yes…and thousands dying from drugs being smuggled through an open border. Numbers the administration won’t even report!

      But still, it all pales by comparison to the mean tweeter. This Biden-Harris world is so much better and safer.

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      1. Billy Barr told the orange cheeto he lost the election and he wasn’t going to peddle trump’s “bullshit”. The video says it all!

        BAMMMMM! major crotch kick(ouch!)

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      2. “and thousands dying from drugs being smuggled through an open border. Numbers the administration won’t even report!”

        Actually worse during trump’s administration!

        Thanks for bringing up the subject!

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      3. Wow so cal sure can tell the people that watch that fox BS propaganda channel and believe all the BS those people spew out

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      4. Unlike the MSM who covered up Hunter shopping around the family name & influence for the past decade and also Dementia Joe’s mental decline, huh? Some people are actually surprised right now, when those of us who were paying attention have known about his mental decline for at least three years.

        You must be one of the fools who didn’t realize he was nowhere close to being fit for office when he was “elected”.

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    3. Wake up pal. The democratic globalist New World Order crowd sees you and 98% of america as the rats. Watch some you tube videos of Yuval Noah Harrari. He is one of the leading movers and shakers in the NWO crowd. He’s Klaus Schwabs leading advisor. At one point he says “the world is mostly full of useless people…..what are we going to do with all these useless people”. When the interviewer asked him “how do you plan to deal with all the useless people” his answer is “for right now we’ll just have to keep them hooked on drugs and video games”. These people are coming right out and telling you what they are going to do. They plan on setting up a dystopian society where nobody has any rights or freedoms or privacy and they feel free to tell everybody because they are convinced that everyone is gullible like you. You won’t even be able to choose your own food. Bill Gates was quoted as saying “100% of americans will cease to eat meat…..you will eat meat substitutes…..don’t worry, you will get used to it”. That’s a quote from Gates. WAKE UP!!!

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    4. You sound like you watch Rachel Maddow religiously. Do you believe everything on liberal left TV? Trump continued the policy created by your god obama. In the end you simply ain’t got shit that is true or makes sense.

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      1. Interesting!!!. An independent study has concluded, 85% of the content broadcasted by Fox is propaganda

        Propaganda;
        1. information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

        you sound confused!

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      2. steveg — You’re imagining the disaster at the border and the bloody retreat in Afghanistan and the supply chain issues and the bloody weekends in dem cities and the gas prices and the price of food and Biden’s crazy talk…..
        #It’sAllInYourHead…
        #ThingsHaveNeverBeenBetter

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      3. MG
        They like it because they don’t realize what it will be like. We’re talking about a dystopian society on steroids. We will literally be puppets on a string. Harrari himself said that “free will is going to end soon”. That is a verbatim direct quote from Yuval Noah Harrari. People have always compared the New World Order to Orwells book ‘1984’. There’s no comparison. In ‘1984’ you could go outside the city into the rural areas and there was no surveilance. In the coming NWO, they’ll watch you wherever you go because the surveilance is not just going to be camera’s and facial recognition. “The surveilance will be under your skin”…..that’s another quote from Harrari.

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      4. The difference between Obama and Trump is the difference between black and white. It’s the difference between wet and dry. It’s the difference between squares and circles.

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      5. Parcelman –The difference between Trump and Obama is one is an impulsive, overweight patriot ….and the other is a smooth, trim globalist.
        #WhichWouldYouPrefer?

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      1. MG
        If I need a operation on my brain and I have 2 choices for a brain surgeon:
        1) He’s a is a smooth, trim globalist and he can shoot hoops and he’s the friendliest, nicest guy you will ever meet but the only thing that he knows about brain surgery is what he has read in a book.
        2) He’s an impulsive, overweight patriot and some even say a jerk but he’s the best brain surgeon in the country and some say the world.
        Who do you think that I will pick?
        Newsflash…..I’m going with the jerk!!!

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    5. Tom Londer,

      As usual, a progressive pinko lies. How orginial. It was your best friend Obuma who started the caging of children like animals.

      Trump asked that snake drunk Pelosi (she takes after her sperm donor, err husband) and the mayor of DC to get the National Guard out and they refused. They wanted to see Trump burn and take the heat for their action.

      Under Trump the economy was flowing, gas was low, and inflation was not bad. Not you have your other best friend, Dementia Joe screwing up a good thing that America had.

      I thought all of you progressive pinkos like Rosie O’Donnel and Babs Striestand were leaving the country if Trump was elected. Take a hike.

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      1. I always remember when Barbara Striesand made the comment that we have to conserve energy so the american people should get rid of electric dryers and go back to clothes lines to dry our clothes. Meanwhile she had a 12,000 sq. ft. barn that she said had to be air conditioned 24/7, 365 days a year. What was the barn for? That’s where she kept all her trophies and awards. She said she needed to keep it air conditioned because the dampness would ruin them.

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    1. The dem operatives are SO much smarter than the repubs — the repubs are just now realizing it would be best to go with paper ballots but it’s too close to the election for them do do anything about it… our side just isn’t smart or cagey enough —but we still will probably take the house and the senate —I don’t think the dems can manufacture enough votes to counter the tidal wave that’s coming ….

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      1. MG…. 9 million more Latinos will reach legal voting age by the 2024 election. The same people trump caller murders and rapists. Who are these swing voters in your so-called tidal wave? …Details!

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      2. So Cal,
        The majority of Latinos in border states want the border closed. Forget about illegal immigration. They want the border closed. To all immigrants. Period. These are smart voters. They understand economics. Dems aren’t giving them credit …but they get it.

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      3. It’s hard to deal with a group of people who have no rules. no morals. They are very Machiavelian. They will do whatever it takes to get their way. It’s the ends justify the means because, of course, their ends will bring about a utopian society. If peoples lives are destroyed in the process, that’s called ‘collateral damage’. The problem is that after they have destroyed the whole country, the new society they build doesn’t end up being a utopia. It ends up being a distopia. These losers are very good at destroying. They are not very good at rebuilding

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      4. Of course, MG. And smart Latinos also know what Trump meant when saying they’re murderers & rapists. He knows there are millions of Mexicans living as well as you & I do, and some even better! Those Mexicans aren’t going anywhere; They have a great life!

        But what are they (incl south of Mex) sending us and very gladly? The dregs of society. They are shitting on us exactly the same way Castro did in 1980 when he sent thousands of prisoners our way. SMART Latinos know this.

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      5. Fortunately for the dems an impressive percentage of voters (not 50% though) can’t see through the false promises —they don’t even connect or associate the anarchy they see EVERY DAY with the dems —they believe it’s a result of January 6th…… it would be funny if the results weren’t so tragic….

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      6. And before some moron claims I mean that all people coming up are criminals…

        Nice try, but that’s neither what I wrote nor what I meant. Merely that we are getting the most desperate people who are willing to do whatever it takes to provide for their families. For many, yes, that means hard work. But for far too many it truly means WHATEVER IT TAKES, legal or illegal.

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      7. I don’t care how good & decent they are (I mean what the fuck –I know that) —we can’t sustain massive, artificial population growth given the state of our economy. If an out of work father wants to adopt 10 more children the argument against going forward is not that the kids are bad —it’s that he can’t feed or clothe them…..

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    2. If you haven’t already, listen to Jack del Rio’s comments starting at 10:51. Spot-on regarding Jan 6 dog-and-pony show hearings and 2020 riots which Congress and media ignored.

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  7. Wasn’t tucker the same fool who claimed solar energy was to blame for the blackout during the great Teaxs freeze….. laughed my ass off

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  8. If I was a betting man, my bet is the twice impeached con man gets indicted for his involvement in the Jan 6th. peaceful gathering

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    1. It would probably be a pretty good bet. These corrupt democrat officials who are going after Trump probably read the works of Lavrentiy Beria, the most ruthless and longest-serving secret police chief in Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror in Russia and Eastern Europe, who bragged that he could prove criminal conduct on anyone, even the innocent. “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime” was Beria’s infamous boast. These people in our shadow government operate under the principle of “this man is guilty…..all we have to do now is find out guilty of what?”

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  9. Don’t know if there’s a correlation, Bohn hirings w/o Sosna includes Hawkins, Embree, McCracken (sic). W/ Sosna: Fickell and Riley.

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      1. I’m not R vs D but it’s obvious the D has had no success.

        It’s all Bush’s fault.
        Check that
        Trumps fault.

        Playbook:
        I’m a failure because of what came before me.

        No honey, you’re a failure because you don’t have a clue.

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    1. Lions’ John Dorsey, another one of Brandon’s (Sosna) mentors, keeps getting fired by NFL teams. BS undoubtedly smells out the opportunity for quick advancement.

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  10. Losing Sosna is no loss for USC. Money talks…….it’s easy to negotiate if you have money behind you. If anything Bohn and Sosa overpaid for Riley, and especially for Lindsay Gottlieb the Women’s USC basketball coach.

    I doubt very much Lincoln Riley came to USC because of Bohn and Sosna. Sosna, is replaceable and so is Bohn. In my opinion a bad decision for Sosna to leave USC for the Detroit Lions which is a very bad organization, and I really don’t think Sosna has a real understanding of the game of football. At politics, and social media he’s a pro but not football.

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