The Carol Folt/Mike Bohn Presser: Bohn (pronounced Bone) seems like a very collaborative, intelligent, driven, partnership-oriented, energetic and fully passionate person who is about as fired up as you can possibly imagine about becoming USC’s AD.
1) Emphasized that Bohn is known for his “integrity, competitiveness and passion.”
2) Is counting on Bohn staying true to USC’s “mission”, whatever that is.
3) She will demand the “highest integrity” from Bohn.
4) Expects Bohn to lead “winning” and “competitive” teams in all Trojan sports.
5) Expects to work closely with Bohn in all respects.
6) All along she was looking for “the best person for the job” (not necessarily an outsider) and someone who is a “lifelong learner with breadth and depth. It also meant a lot to me that they had great experience.”
1) Emphasized his inspired, mentally passionate nature, over and over again. Will never take a day off. “I’ll always be genuine and engaged.”
2) Highly complimentary of both Folt and Caruso, especially their passion and desire to win. “Dr. Folt is the ultimate competitor.”
3) Expects to work “tirelessly and relentlessly to give the USC student-athletes what they deserve.”
4) Specifically addressed “recruiting” and a focus on dominating southern Calif and L.A. (“the bullseye”) in particular in that regard.
5) Will demand “comprehensive excellence” from all 21 Trojan athletic teams.
6) Will focus on listening, learning, partnering and leading to deliver his “bold, creative and innovative” vision to position USC at the forefront and “be the best and win at every single thing that we do. We will all work together to form a strong partnership with all the tough leaders at USC.”
7) Extended open invitation to former USC athletes to become involved. “You will hear from me.”
8) Repeatedly emphasized building a “team atmosphere”, pulling everyone together as best he can. “It’s a team game. We’re gonna be a team. Fight On to victory!”
9) Understands the importance “and gravity” of football at USC but says it’s premature to the Trojan coaching situation. Expects Clay Helton to “finish strong” and emphasized how important it is for USC “to win and to victory. Good programs finish strong.” Has not met Helton yet but is anxious to.
10) Will look hard at recruiting, attendance at games and intensity of fan interest.
11) Says integrity should “never waver” and means “playing by the rules, doing the right thing and supporting USC’s student-athetes” so they can be successful in whatever they do.
12) Feels that coming in as an outsider is an “advantage” because he can “bring in a new perspective and maybe something a little bit different.”
13) First encountered a USC athlete when he came on campus this morning and was impressed he had the “gleam of a winner and an incredible smile. The Trojan family is real. I feel it.”
14) Has learned along the line in his athletic admin experience that “you cannot be everything to everybody. That’s a formula for failure,” and how important it is to “take things on and lead.”
15) Salutes California for spearheading with Senate Bill 206, the “image and likeness” legislation benefitting college athletes and is in favor of “anything that sets up student-athetes for success and to become phenomenal leaders.”