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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Lynn Swann resigns as USC athletic director

Embattled USC athletic director Lynn Swann has resigned after just over three years on the job.

USC president Carol Folt announced the news Monday afternoon.

Swann is a Pro Football Hall of Famer for his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his work with USC has not been exemplary. His handling of the football program has been controversial. He stuck by coach Clay Helton despite widespread calls from fans for the coach’s removal. Swann also came under fire for banning the USC Song Girls under suspicious circumstances.

The school has been marred by scandals during his tenure. Some weren’t his fault, such as the college admissions scandal involving multiple celebrities, plus the investigations into college basketball corruption. However, he never gave off the impression that he had the situation under control. In fact, he was widely criticized for skipping meetings about the school’s ongoing crises in order to go across the country to charge for autographs. Few USC fans will be sorry to see him go.

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