USC AD Mike Bohn Resigns Effective Immediately, Cites ‘Ongoing Health Challenges’
Scott Polacek (Bleacher Report) — Mike Bohn resigned from his position as the USC athletic director Friday.
Ryan Kartje of the Los Angeles Times shared his statement revealing as much, which said his focus will shift to “being present with my treasured family, addressing ongoing health challenges, and reflecting on how I can be impactful in the future” while also highlighting some of his accomplishments.
Bohn said it was “the right time to step away” following “more than 40 years of college athletics leadership. I have dedicated my life to serving student-athletes and advancing the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics. I will always be proud of leading the program out of the most tumultuous times in the history of the profession and at USC with a restored reputation and national milestone accomplishments. I led the process to join the Big 10 Conference, hired marquee Head Coaches, produced the highest graduation rate in school history and won numerous national and conference championships. As a former student-athlete myself, my purpose and identity are rooted in supporting young people as they pursue their athletic, academic, and personal goals. I have been fortunate to have had so many wonderful opportunities and met so many terrific people, and I depart wishing the very best to all with whom I worked and served. In moving on, it is important now that I focus on being present with my treasured family, addressing ongoing health challenges, and reflecting on how I can be impactful in the future.”
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I joked, the other day that Urban Meyer was available to replace Bohn, but that was before the L. A. Times blew the lid off the serial shoulder caressing back patting evils of Mike Bohn. I am guessing the illness he is suffering from is being sick and tired of everyone assuming a motive behind a pat on back. Society has grown into a joke where the punchline is Me Too. The next Athletic Director could be in for some serious questions in an interview. Are you now or have you ever been a hugger or back patter? Have you… Read more »
Rialto, I am with you on this one, until I am given solid evidence to the contrary. We live in insane times. Mike Bohn is the best AD in the nation: his peers voted him so. He restored SC football to elite status. To paraphrase Arledge, when Bohn arrived the SC athletic department was a gigantic grease fire that had been at best horribly mismanaged for decades and in the last five years prior to his arrival had been grossly mismanaged; the football program (its flagship) was a dumpster fire, that had lead by an incompetent for the previous five… Read more »
We could rehire the dyke asst. AD that resigned un the varsity blues escapade….
I suppose I should point out the politically incorrect term in your post. But you might sue me if your eyes go rolling out of their sockets. I’m from the caveman days where we used to say sticks and stones…
yeah, I said it, and it was on purpose.
Jeez, what a f-ed up mess our nation is in thanks to the evolution of the politically correct triggered world view. Color me disgusted by the woke police types that enforce this bizarro-world of human interaction.
Inappropriate behavior is almost always no secret. Your teacher/principal clearly applied excessive punishment for what was an accident. In the work place you treat females the same as males no matter how attracted you are to them.
So the old adage is true. When someone immediately quits to “be with family and for health”, it really means “if you don’t quit you will be fired”. To bad a great career has to end so stupidly. Here’s to a great hire.
Lincoln Riley @LincolnRiley I will always be appreciative of Mike Bohn for his role in bringing us to USC & certainly wish both he and his family all the best. With the current state of the programs in our Athletic Department, there is a really special opportunity ahead for all of us Trojans. I have full confidence that our university leadership will continue to do everything possible to support us. I truly believe that the best days of USC Athletics are right in front of us and I continue to be totally invested & excited to be a part of… Read more »
To Me ….. From here on out Mrs. Folt is gonna Nip All Problems (and Potential Problems) IN THE BUD !!!!! … <<<<< GOOD !
Well, then enjoy the all too brief renaissance of SC athletics. Folt wanted athletics—especially football—to not be more dominant than her statue stealing woke agenda. She is a little bitch.
Ryan Kartje of the LAT reported on Friday that according to multiple sources inside the USC athletic department, Mike Bohn made inappropriate remarks about the physical appearance of female colleagues. Additional sources told Kartje that Bohn did not attend meetings he was supposed to attend. Kartje pointed out that on Thursday, Bohn and USC were asked by the LAT about internal department criticisms of Bohn’s management and leadership practices. The fact that Bohn submitted his resignation on Friday, one day later, is notable. Kartje also reported that “multiple sources alleged employees left meetings with Bohn without direction and that he shied from… Read more »
Carol Folt had initiated an internal review of all athletic department personnel, policies and procedures some months ago. USC retained Gina Maistro Smith, a Philadelphia-based attorney from Cozen O’Connor, to conduct that review. Cozen O’Connor describes Smith on its website as “the founder of the nation’s first practice dedicated to the institutional response to sexual and gender-based harassment, violence, child abuse, elder abuse, other forms of discrimination and harassment, workplace misconduct, and criminal conduct.”
until Folt is replaced with her napoleon-like ego, SC is just a couple of her decisions away from becoming Berkely
When you hire that lawyer, you’ve already made your decision. Bohn was already a dead man when Folt initiated that investigation.
Getting impression that Carol Folt is gonna Quickly Act on ANY reports of improper conduct (Which I agree she should ) .So ALL persons currently under the Employment of the University of Southern California BETTER BEWARE as long as Mrs. Folt is IN CHARGE <<<< Which (To Me ) is a good thing !!!!! ……Fight On !
never liked folt.
I saw some posts on Twitter about these additional details and now understand a llttle more about the situation. If the allegations against Bohn are correct, then it is best that he resigned from his position. There is no room for this kind of behavior in the working world especially at USC after all the scandals we’ve gone through. It’s a shame it came to this but it is for the best and I think Carol Folt and the BOT made the right decision. Now we need to find a capable replacement for him. Yes Brandon Sosna would be great… Read more »
Very sad to hear Mike Bohn resigning. It would have been proper for him to still be USC AD during the first years as a Big Ten program. But his resume sure hit the ceiling after firing the CAT. To me Sosna would be the logical choice as front runner if he can be pryed away from the Lions organization. But after that, an AD or assist AD from a Big Ten program should be the minimum measuring stick in replacing Bohn. I just want to see the momentum continue in pushing-promoting USC athletics but namely football in attaining and… Read more »
I’m looking forward to USC making a very strong replacement hire.
I’m hooked on blind faith at this stage I guess, and I just can’t imagine USC slinking backward when there is so much positive going on with USC athletics now.
Blind Faith, is appropriate for youngster’s you know, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Feiry, Santa Claus, but not in this situation. Yes, things were positive…till Bohns resignation. We are now in a fog or flux.. Looking back, the architects of our current positive’s are all gone !! Caruso who held Folt in check, Sosna and now Bohn who I believe were the glue holding Riley in a triad of confidence, Riley’s closest like minded confidants, so to speak. I do not believe there is the same connection between he and Folt or ever will be, she’s on a different frequency. The… Read more »
Shocking news about Mike Bohn. He has done an amazing job as the AD and we wish him and his family all the best. The football program is back to being a national power thank to him hiring Lincoln Riley, basketball is going to be incredible next season, and even baseball has come back.
My only problem with Bohn was taking so long to fire Clay Helton but other than that he’s been awesome.
Wish Mike and his family all the best. Health is important to all of us.
Baseball has begun a resurgence, basketball has been getting better and football was a couple of bad tackles from being the PAC 12 champion, Bohn wasn’t too bad.
USC needs another experienced leader in this position. I can’t wait to see who’s name get tossed around.
Wishing MB the best with his health and his family. He was the best USC AD in my lifetime and maybe ever.
Now don’t, absolutely don’t, hire a former USC jock! Grab an AD or asst. AD from the Big 10 or SEC.
Carol Folt … and Mike Bohn’s Legacy — OCRegister.com — “On behalf of the Trojan Family, I thank Mike for his contributions to our athletics department during a time of rapid transformation and growth,” Folt said. “We will be announcing a transition team comprising both internal and external leaders in the coming days and will launch a national search for a new director of athletics shortly.” Bohn, 62, arrived at USC after five years at Cincinnati in November of 2019, replacing former Trojan standout Lynn Swann. His hiring marked a new approach for USC, which had stayed largely within the university… Read more »
Wow! That is a shocker. My guess is that it is a combination of family and health issues. I think losing Sosna really put a lot of stain on Mike. Mike was the best hire in the history of SC, hands down. He completely turned around the football program. SC Football was a dumpster fire when he took over. He returned to one of the elites, where its legacy was. And, he protected its future by leaving the Pac and joining the B10. Whoever succeeds him has a very tough act to follow.
It’ll be very interesting to see where USC turns here, and why.
After a couple of very bad in-house ADs, USC now has to move on from a radically elevated and improved athletic platform as I see it.
The next AD will be taking on an incredible position in college athletics.
How about one not so good in-house hire (Garrett) to one disastrous in-house hire (Haden) to one catastrophic in-house hire (Swann).
At least Garrett hired Pete Carroll. Things went down hill with Haden an Swann big time. I don’t know where USC will turn, but should take its time to do the proper due diligence.
I thought about including Garrett but decided he was not nearly as bad as Haden and Swann, so I spared him the rod. Garrett did some real good IMO. We forget how bad things were under Swann. I just got off the phone with a media guy and we were joking about USC’s string of bad AD hires before Mike Bohn. He isn’t actually a big Bohn fan either, but he did enjoy laughing about when he first learned USC had hired Swann. He was driving along and heard the Trojans’ tragic move over the car radio. Said he started… Read more »
Is Brian Sosna a viable candidate?
DetroitLions.com — Brandon Sosna joins the Detroit Lions for his first season as Senior Director, Football Administration in 2022. In his role, Sosna oversees the strategic planning and management of the salary cap as the team’s primary contract negotiator. He comes to the Lions after three years at the University of Southern California (2019-21), where he served as Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director/Chief of Staff. Sosna’s responsibilities at USC included managing the day-to-day operations across the entire athletics program, overseeing the department’s external communications and revenue-generating teams, providing administrative oversight of the football program, and serving as athletics’ lead contract… Read more »
Thank you for correcting my name fumble !….
I do like Brandon Sosna. I think he understands the USC culture past, present and future.
Now that all this negative info is surfacing about Mike Bohn, it’ll be interesting to see how Brandon Sosna is perceived in view of his very close relationship with Bohn. Assuming Sosna is even interested in the USC AD spot, he may in reality have an uphill climb with people like Carol Folt who seems to have already washed her hands of Bohn. Maybe Sosna’s path back to USC is murkier now. It’s clear Sosna’s at least a moderate fan fave to become the new AD, despite his relative lack of experience. The big question is, was/is Sosna (with LR… Read more »
Carol Folt? Her ego probably couldn’t take that SC athletics had become the strong heartbeat of the university once again. Caruso is not around to keep her woke tendencies at bay, so look for an unexperienced, unqualified toady to replace the incredible Bohn—think a gay or a woman. There—I said it.
I hope he is not perceived as being too close. But with Folt I would have to think that he is.
Mike Bohn was the best AD USC has has had in a long time.
He did a professional job.
Wish this is all a terrible dream.