After a tumultuous time leading USC’s athletic department, Lynn Swann has stepped down as USC’s athletic director. Swann, a pro football hall of famer, played for USC in the 70’s, winning a national championship in 1972.
Swann was hired in 2016. At the time, USC was facing the Steve Sarkisian sage, in which the head coach of the football team was alleged to have been inebriated during games and team meetings. Pat Haden, who was USC’s athletic director at the time, reportedly had knowledge of this and Sarkisian’s alcohol issues, so Lynn Swann was tapped to lead USC’s program from scandal.
But Swann’s management lead to more scandal. Notably, wealthy parents were able to gain their children admission into USC through bribing USC coaches. Furthermore, Swann oversaw USC football’s 2018 football season, where the Trojans went 5-7. That was the worst season since 2000.
Swann will be replaced by USC President Carol Folt’s special adviser, Dave Roberts.
Cynical fans who have been calling for Swann’s job are happy of his departure, hyperbolic as Arash Markazi may be.
USC gets a new star quarterback and Lynn Swann's resignation within 72 hours. Not sure which one Trojan fans are more excited about.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 9, 2019
Fans of USC’s rivals are apparently disappointed to see USC’s seemingly ineffectual AD step down.
USC’s other future opponents react to the news of Swann’s departure. pic.twitter.com/X5aTtuw6IO— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 9, 2019
With Swann out, hopefully Roberts can lead USC athletics in a more cogent direction.