Impressive Folt/Bohn Presser

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.

Folt

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.”

Bohn
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.”

 

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If I was the new AD and found out in the next 2-3 weeks that Urban wanted the job even if SC wins out I make the move .

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I am TOO MUCH of an SC fan to EVER root for a team I root for to lose a game so SC FIGHT ON and beat ASU !

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I will root for SC to win. The players will play well but the coaching staff will find a way to try to lose this one.

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With back to back road games, will Helton make Bohn’s job an easy call? This Saturday looks pretty even. Which means I would give the advantage to the home team. ASU 27 USC 24.

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I know I am way to emotionally involved in the Clay Helton firing to be objective. At this point, we know we have at least a competent pro (he looks to be extremely competent) who has no ties to SC or the present staff as our AD. That is this first time in at least 40 years that has happened. After going through two incompetents in the position (the two worst ADs in SC history – you can choose either one of the two), we have a significant upgrade at the AD post. We have to trust him. I have… Read more »

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This has surely been an exercise in patience. These are professional people with minds that dictate decisions need to be made after thorough research and and due diligence. What we have now it appears is a winner at the AD spot. The process will take a little time, the drive through mindset of many of us will not be honored. I am sure they all know how we feel, the media has done a good job on that. Now we must wait patiently as Bohn gets settled in and gets acquainted with staff and students. Will he hire Meyer? Lets… Read more »

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This is what I like about this hire. Bohn has much experience as a professional AD.
Unlike you know what I mean but hate to keep mentioning names.
Urban Meyer would be a home run hire for he has the experience and resume beyond
reproach. If USC can be lucky enough to hire such a great in his profession it would be foolish not to do so.

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We have a new AD. The questions about his future actions are intense.
I’ll just get my Popcorn and sit and watch the drama unwind.

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I hope most of the questions asked at this press conference was, when will Urban Meyer be announced as the new head coach of USC? Enough so that both Bohn & Folt got the message loud & clear!

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If you have access to the Athletic, check out articles by Justin Williams. Specifically his April story detailing how Bohn conducted the search for a new BB coach when the then CIN coach Cronin went to UCLA. Bohn appears to be a legit AD.

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I don’t want to say the same thing on this blog as Wolf’s-so I’ll paraphrase.
This is the Arizona State weekend. What would Helton do if Bohn said, “I’ll see you after the game…would the tarmac be okay?”
Raise your hand if you want to greet the team plane.

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I wouldn;t shed a tear, not one, if that happened.

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Are you kidding? I wouldn’t be able to contain my joy if that happened.

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IF ……IF they are gonna hire Meyer I suspect it might go somewhere around Thanksgiving they tell Helton the bad news 48-72 hours later they introduce Urban and if ……if SC is in a bowl they let Urban coach the team for the bowl .

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Urban wouldn’t have his own staff in place to coach a bowl game.

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Agree but the sooner he gets in the sooner he might be able start some recruiting .

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True but he would tell them don’t expect your continued employment here but you can work your butt off for this remaining game to impress any other program who might hire you…..

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If I was a assistant coach I would work my butt off for that bowl game to open the door for even a small possiblility to plant even a small idea in Urbans mind that maybe just maybe he might retain me .

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If you remember when Urban started at Ohio State, he was brought in before the season started. OSU petitioned the NCAA to let Urban start recruiting and they allowed it.

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Hard to imagine Bohn firing Helton in Bohn’s first week on the job. Besides, the Kiffin firing was kind of no-class, and perhaps SC does not want to repeat that. I say Helton is safe through the sucla game, and then all bets are off, including coaching a likely bowl contest.

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There are a lot of good questions being asked about who/what/where/when/why do we go from here, and they are all pertinent. As for me, I just want to bask in this good news because the Trojan Family hasn’t had any real good news in a loooooong time. I will be chilling for the rest of the evening. FO

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“Joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30

Here’s hoping the long night is truly over.

Mazel Tov!

Fight on every one ✌️!

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So now that we’ve hired Bohn as our AD, the next question is when does he dump Clay and hire Urban Meyer?

If he pulls the trigger this weekend, we’ll need someone on the staff to serve as Interim Coach for the remainder of the season and a possible bowl game. Suppose that could be Clancy or Harrell.

If he fires Helton this weekend and makes it effective at the end of the season, then Meyer could start putting his staff together and maybe do some recruiting.

I’m also curious what Bohn will do if he can’t get Meyer.

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I know two people in California who are probably not very happy right now; Lynn Swann and Pat Haden. They are probably taking double shot scotchs one after another because in less than 30 min Bohn made them look like the incompetent dorks that they are.

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I don’t think they much care what others think of them, and the feeling is mutual.

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Alright. So the new era begins. It should take no time at all to see the average attendance has consistently decreased over the past 5 years and drastic changes need to be done in football and baseball. I hope our fellow alumni and athletes give Bohn an earful. I hope that Bohn realizes that this is not the University of Cincinnati and expectations and results are held to the highest echelon. We Are SC! We FIGHT ON!!!

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As a creative writer teacher once told me, “Show me, don’t tell me.”

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To me the most important question/answer of the whole presser was this >>> Keely Eure‏ @keelyismyname · 2h2 hours ago
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Carol Folt when asked if she’s put any limitations on Mike Bohn’s ability to hire coaches, “No.”

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She could have answered this question honestly and still have had prior assurances that Bohn was not to hire Meyer, but any other coach hiring was permissible.

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Lawyerjohn are you trying to ruin everyone’s day?

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Most everything about SC sports is speculation, Jamaica, and I was simply looking at any possibilities.

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Not the first time—wanted everyone to go easy on CH because he is a nice guy!

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Wrong. My only complaint was that the Helton predicament was bringing out the WORST in the posters.