LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Mike Bohn has been hired as the new athletic director at USC.
Bohn, the athletic director at the University of Cincinnati until this week, has been selected to replace USC football legend Lynn Swann.
“I will work tirelessly and relentlessly to make the Trojan family proud,” Bohn said at a news conference Thursday morning. “And we’re gonna build a championship program that you deserve.”
Bohn 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.
“He’s very energetic, he’s very accomplished, and he is someone who is very focused on our students and staying true to our entire university’s mission, and that is so very important to me,” USC President Carol Folt said.
Swann, who had served as athletic director since 2016, abruptly resigned in September in the wake of USC’s involvement in the college admissions scandal, in which dozens of parents paid bribes to have their children admitted to elite schools as athletic recruits.
Multiple USC coaches and athletics department officials were implicated. Former head 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.”
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 addressed that Thursday.
“I believe I bring in a new perspective, maybe something just a little bit different,” he said.
Bohn will become the fourth athletic director since 2010.
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