Legendary USC Trojans wide receiver and Super Bowl Champion Lynn Swann has been named the next Athletic Director for the USC Trojans when Pat Haden steps down in June. Swann will be the new athletic director effective July 1, 2016.
OFFICIAL: Lynn Swann named USC's next Athletic Director. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/NU6n4AgYHi— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) April 13, 2016
There had been rumors about several athletic directors from many different schools including Louisville, TCU and Stanford. The Trojans, however, have a long standing tradition of limiting hires to within in the Trojan family and Swann's hiring seems to fit that mold. The man he will be replacing, Pat Haden is another USC Trojan legend, who took over after Mike Garrett himself also a legendary Trojan.
Swann was a Super Bowl MVP, an All-American at USC has won championships with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the USC Trojans. He is a USC graduate, a successful broadcaster and is active in his community and government.
According to the USC Trojans Athletics site Swann had this to say about his new role:
"I am excited about coming back to USC -- its growth and success under President Nikias has been phenomenal and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of that," said Swann. "As athletic director, my goals for the student-athletes will be to graduate, to win and to experience."
USC President Max Nikias was also excited to bring Swann on board as the new AD:
"To his new role, Lynn Swann will bring the heart and soul of a Trojan," said Nikias. "He shares our profound dedication to combining academic excellence with athletic excellence."
Best of luck to Lynn Swann as he leads the USC Athletic Department.
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