It’s a Swann Song…

Dear Trojan Community,

I am writing to share my sincere appreciation for Lynn Swann, who has decided to resign from his position as the Director of Athletics effective today. Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan Family.

Lynn has led our Athletics Department to five national championships in five different women’s and men’s sports during his tenure. Our student-athletes’ cumulative GPA for the past two years and our graduation rate of 86% last year were all-time highs for USC Athletics. We appreciate Lynn’s leadership of the department over these past three years and will continue to be grateful for his historic contributions to USC.

I have asked Dave Roberts, currently a special advisor to the President, to serve as Interim Director of Athletics until a permanent replacement is named. In his current role, Dave serves as the NCAA’s Vice Chair of the Committee on Infractions. His experience, relationships and understanding of collegiate athletics, including as a student-athlete at UC Davis, make him well-qualified to lead the department during this period.

I am pleased to introduce the committee who will conduct the national search for our next, permanent athletic director. USC Trustee Suzanne Nora Johnson will chair the search committee, which includes alumni representative Bill Allen; Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp; Faculty Athletics Representative Alan Green; Academic Senate President Rebecca Lonergan; Provost Charles Zukoski; and trustees Jeff Smulyan, William McMorrow, and Board Chair Rick Caruso. Importantly, the committee will also include two student-athletes, who will be named shortly. The position will be filled with an experienced and accomplished individual, and I encourage you to share your thoughts and recommendations with the committee via email at adsearch@usc.edu.

Our Athletics Department puts our student-athletes first by pursuing excellence with integrity. We will build on the traditions and strengths of our exceptional athletics program. Our outstanding coaches, administrators and student-athletes work tirelessly every day both in the classroom and on the playing field, to embody the very best of the Trojan spirit. Our Athletics Department, working together with faculty and staff across the university, is focused on preparing all of our students for success in life, wherever they may go.

We will keep our tremendous Trojan heritage and tradition of strength going forward in all of our athletics programs. There is so much to look forward to and I am excited about our future.

Sincerely,

Carol L. Folt
President
University of Southern California Univer

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Paul_Muad_dib
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Lol, she spelled “fired” wrong.

RialtoTrojan
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Looking at the history of Athletic Directors at USC, almost all of them were from the ranks of sports teams. Many were from USC. But if I’m reading these signals right, Folt wants new blood in the position. I don’t see this as a bad thing, but that keeps me from guessing who will be next.
As a side note Wikipedia didn’t skip a beat the AD has already been changed their page.

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This means dirt has been found in the Athletic Dept and Swann has been made the scapegoat before the info goes public, if it ever does. What concerns me going forward is the make up of the search committee. One member, Winston Crisp VP of Student Affairs, was a crony of Folt at UNC . He is the behind the scenes guy who “gets things done” for Folt. I don’t know who the new AD will be, but I know they will be super PC. If you have doubts about what I refer to, google the investigative journalism done by… Read more »

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First step in the right direction for the athletic dept. Now to get an AD that knows how to be an AD. No more ex USC jock types. Get someone that will stand up and fight when they need to, someone with enough connections to hire a very good football and baseball coach. Hell let him even hire a new BB coach if he is good. I like the new president, so far so good. And hire someone that has the balls to tell Larry Scott it is time to resign.

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Yes, agree that USC has to hire a person that is an administrator first. And considers this a full time job. But at the same time loves and knowledgeable about USC sports. That someone will be hard to find. It is hard to believe that Swann was not forced out of his position, but perhaps it is time. Perhaps it is best not to tarnish the name of a sports hero by making him a AD. Had a great regard for Pat Haden before he became AD. And same for Lynn Swann. Their reputations got tarnished by doing something they… Read more »

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Of course he was forced out. The letter of resignation is written by his boss not him. They already have the search committee in place, this was in the works for awhile.

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Sure hope USC doesn’t look for a female AD just because….. many athletic depts have female ADs and they are mired in controversy, such as Penn State’s Sandy Barbour, and ex UC-Berzerkley AD. We need a General Patton or Westmorland, not a pansie who caters to the emotionally impaired.

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Sandy Barbour maybe a horrible AD. If she is, it isn’t because she is a woman or a pansy. But that wasn’t your point–your point was that women shouldn’t be an AD. You are an idiot.

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Sandy Barbour is in fact a horrible AD, who was a disaster at Cal. The fact that she is a woman has nothing to do with it! Trojan5, you are correct: thekatman is an idiot!!!

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I think her biggest problem as CAL was that she was AD at the time the stadium was renovated. It became quite a financial boondoggle. She had trouble rebounding from that.

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Don’t immediately go to epithets. Football is a testosterone filled sport and at nearly every College and University, Football pays the freight for all of the other sports in their respective Athletic Departments and even will send some dough on to the general fund of the school. I want a guy who understands FOOTBALL first because without a successful FB program at USC, there isn’t too much to support all the sports at SC—especially in the Title IX era. It is a “Mars and Venus” thing. I do think an experienced MALE who has come from a school with a… Read more »

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Someone like Condolezza Rice could do the job. Tough administrator, and rapid football fan and well connected. She wouldn’t do it, she’s a Stanford and a big step down for her. But don’t rule out half the population for an antiquated notion.

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IMO— she has not been an AD. That alone disqualifies her

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I appreciate your argument. But I do disagree. The modern AD job is much more complex than it was 5-10-15 years ago. Male vs female is IMHO low down the list of desirable attributes. I want an AD who is analytical, has sound judgement, makes good decisions, is decisive, & is a good evaluator . Understanding the ever changing TV/ media landscape is a must. Experience as an AD or at least Assoc. AD is a must. Another attribute I want in the new AD—a willingness to hire strong people that will challenge him/ or her. Confident leaders aren’t afraid… Read more »

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Amen!

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You all missed my point. I said I don’t want a female AD just because… Do you understand grammar?

You don’t default to hiring a female for any job just because it’s fashionable or politically correct. I want the best person for the job. Geez kids, get over yourself already. You’re so negative when you don’t need to be.

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The sleuth in me finds it interesting that Swann leaves SC right after perhaps the biggest SC football win since Sam’s Rose Bowl victory. Things were looking up, and now he is gone. So it does appear he was forced out, and that this decision was in the making for a period of time. I bet President Folt had plenty of input as to why Swann had to go, at least in part due to some of the admissions scandal occurring on his watch. …He was a fine wideout for SC in the 72-74 era, but I still recall him… Read more »

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I’m sure he was forced out, but they were waiting for a positive moment to announce it so it didn’t scream “firing.” If we lost to Stanford by 2 points, maybe he is still with us!

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They took the job because of ego. Neither was qualified for it, but they both thought they were.

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The only good thing Lynn Swann did as athletic director was to force Clay Helton to kill his puppy (Neil Callaway).

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Hey, I like puppies

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Rock, I disagree. The best thing he was was KEEP Helton. That was a double benefit. First, it got him fired (as I wrote earlier there was a massive email campaign against him to Foltz just after she was appointed). Second, it allows a competent AD to choose the new coach, unless, of course, by some miracle Clay wins the Pac 12 South, the Pac and the Rose Bowl. IF Clay does that, then he will get another year!

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And I agree with your disagreement RJJ! So amended.

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Let’s see how smart Clay is. I would not be surprised to see us lose to BYU. Clay MUST beat Utah to keep his job. If he loses to Utah, he probably finishes no better than 2nd in the Pac 12 South and that will get him fired. Thus, if I were in Clay’s shoes, I would move all but minimal staff prep from BYU to Utah. Let’s see what happens. BYU does not matter – Utah does. Utah is NOW the most important game in his career. Win it and you stand a chance of keeping your job. Lose… Read more »

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no way Swann resigned, he was pushed. Love to know the real reason. He had to have screwed up big time because this is an outright being canned. Helton now has to win minimum nine games to keep his job now.

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I don’t think many people are surprised by the “resignation”. It is not uncommon that when there is a change at the top of the leadership structure , the new leader brings in their own people for key positions. The admission scandal only improved the odds that LS would be gone sooner rather than later. Whether he was fired or ” resigned” really doesn’t matter. He is gone and that is all that matters. USC now has the opportunity to hire a qualified AD to lead what should be a top flight athletic dept. in every sport.

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Does she appreciate that he quit so she did not have to fire him?
I also noticed that Scot Wolf is not on the search committee, Does Carol Folt realize that she will now face his wrath and his 5 ucla troll followers on his blog?