Mike Bohn Successfully Redirects USC After Lynn Swann Fiasco

Jon Wilner (Mercury News)  —  Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of Lynn Swann’s resignation as USC’s athletic director, a role for which he was entirely ill-equipped and miscast.

Two months later, the Trojans pulled a Costanza — “If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right” — and hired an athletic director from outside the USC family.

Specifically, from outside the USC football family.

Mike Bohn — a veteran AD with Pac-12 experience and a firm grasp of intercollegiate athletics machinery — has fortified the USC athletic infrastructure.

The football staff has been upgraded. The social media presence has improved. The resources have been been redirected. The culture and execution are better.

(Yes, the Trojans retained Clay Helton, a highly-controversial move. But make no mistake: President Carol Folt was heavily involved in that decision.)

Perhaps a better way to frame Bohn’s tenure is by what he hasn’t done: He hasn’t done anything that reminds us of his predecessors.

Finally, at long last, the department has its you-know-what in order, thanks to Bohn.

Whether that translates to immediate football success — whenever the Trojans return to competition — is anyone’s guess.

But the conference’s historical standard-bearer in the most important sport is functioning effectively on a fundamental level for the first time since we-can’t-remember-when.

Better than effectively, in fact, if you consider how well the Trojans managed the return-to-practice process.

Don’t look now, but an athletic department that must help lead the conference forward is positioning itself to do just that.



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Noble Member
September 16, 2020 8:38 pm

The one thing not playing football does the most for me is ruin my optimistic outlook on the off-season hires in coaching. I was hoping to see if Bohn did the right thing. Without playing a down I felt our situation improved. However my eternal optimism has moved to Missouri and now I need them to show me.
Hopefully now the the governor said he isn’t blocking (not a pun) football we can see if the new coaches are an improvement.

Active Member
September 16, 2020 11:14 am

Question for Allen or whomever may know. If the football team can practice in groups of 12, can they work out on the track field and the football field separately with coaches and get closer to being prepared even without pads per the state/county rules? If they can do so, would that not get them closer to being prepared? If HC says they need 4 weeks to prepare for a first game, can they do more than what they are doing now to be ready for a possible end of October start? Anyone with the answer please let me know.

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Diamond Member
September 16, 2020 11:54 am
Reply to  danielmcd1

An aggressive proactive coach would be doing everything to get ready. Once the new testing capability was announced it should be full steam ahead. Don’t most practices break up in small groups most of the time? Pushing the rules to the limit, as someone said, if you ain’t cheat’n you ain’t try’n. Does anyone see Helton as the face of Pac12 football or even SC football, pushing to play ASAP?

Noble Member
September 16, 2020 10:42 am

I am gonna go about 8 steps ahead here as far as USC ‘s 2020 season status ………….. IF PAC-12 follows BIG-10 (Like it usually does ).And SC starts playing can I finally …….finally……..FINALLY ASK >>>>> Is Mr. Helton coaching to keep his job ?????

Noble Member
September 16, 2020 10:36 am

Will PAC-12 follow suit ??????? ………….From Columbus Ohio Columbus Dispatch newspaper website >>>>>>>”Big Ten reverses course, will allow football in 2020; nine-game season to begin in October” Article link >>>>>>> https://www.buckeyextra.com/sports/20200916/big-ten-reverses-course-will-allow-football-in-2020-nine-game-season-to-begin-in-october

Noble Member
September 16, 2020 10:19 am

I’m a big fan of Bohn, but I just hope that he doesnt settle for mere competency. We need some exceptional leadership that is willing to make tough decisions, not just opt for the easy way out of things. Those tough decisions might mean cutting Helton for the sake of the future, even if he has a decent season (if that happens). Another tough decision might be either intense negotiations to reform the Pac-12, or some form of exit from the Pac-12. I just hope that Bohn forces leadership at USC to look at the upside potential for USC athletics,… Read more »