Mike Bohn will be introduced as USC’s new athletic director Thursday.
The university has scheduled a 10 a.m. announcement of its new athletic director. Multiple media outlets have reported it will be Bohn, who has been the University of Cincinnati’s athletic director since 2014. He was also athletic director at University of Colorado from 2005 to 2013, San Diego State from 2003-05 and the University of Idaho from 1999-2003.
Bohn will succeed Lynn Swann, who abruptly resigned in September after three years overseeing one of the nation’s premier collegiate athletics programs
Bohn will become the first non-alumnus to be USC’s athletic director since Mike McGee, who had the job from 1984-93. Coincidentally, McGee was University of Cincinnati’s athletic director when he was hired by USC. Each of USC’s past three athletic directors had been Trojan football stars — Mike Garrett, Pat Haden and Swann.
Bohn will become the fourth athletic director since 2010.
Bohn’s first challenge will be to decide the fate of football coach Clay Helton. The Trojans dropped to 5-4 following Saturday’s 56-24 loss to Oregon after going 5-7 in 2018, their first season with a losing record since 2000.
Bohn also will be taking over an athletics department with multiple figures connected to it who have been implicated in the nationwide college-admissions cheating scandal, in which well-heeled parents paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to have their children admitted to elite universities, including USC, often by posing the students as athletic recruits in sports which they often never played.
Former women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin and assistant coach Laura Janke, have pleaded guilty, with prosecutors saying the pair were paid about $350,000 to designate four students as soccer recruits “despite the fact that none of those children played competitive soccer.”
Senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic were also charged in the case and fired from their jobs.
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