USC appears to have finalized its hire of Mike Bohn as the school’s next athletic director.
The Trojans sent an alert to media members on Wednesday night telling them there would be a press conference at 10:00 am PT on Thursday morning to introduce the new athletic director. Though the alert did not mention Bohn by name, multiple reporters all said Bohn was the person who got the job.
Bohn was reported on Friday to have been nearing a deal with USC for the job. However, there have been reports in the last few days suggesting there might be a snag in the hire.
The LA Daily News’ Scott Wolf has said that Bohn wanted to be able to hire Urban Meyer and might back out if blocked from doing so. USC’s new president, Carol Folt, is said to be against such a hire as she looks to clean up the Trojans’ reputation.
Prior to Cincinnati, Bohn served as the AD at Colorado. He hired Luke Fickell for the Bearcats, which was a home run, but had three failed hires at Colorado with Dan Hawkins, Jon Embree, and Mike MacIntyre.
The big question is whether Bohn will eventually hire Meyer to replace Clay Helton.
USC supposedly has a deal in place with Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn to make him their next AD, but many expected an official announcement on Monday. While the Trojans could make the move official at some point this week, speculation is increasing that Bohn may be having second thoughts.
According to a report from Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News, Bohn is considering backing out of his agreement with USC after university president Carol Folt informed him that he will not be able to hire Urban Meyer as the school’s next football coach. Several other athletic director candidates are said to have turned down the USC job because they were told Meyer was not an option, but Wolf reports that Bohn was not informed of this until after he agreed to take the position.
Meyer has been repeatedly linked to USC, but a recent report claimed Folt, who became USC’s president earlier this year, does not want to hire Meyer because of all the controversy that surrounds him. USC has enough problems to deal with, as the admissions scandal that rocked the school is still playing out. The Trojans were also one of the teams involved in the FBI’s investigation into corruption within college basketball. Folt likely played a role in former athletic director Lynn Swann recently stepping down, as Swann was heavily criticized for the way he handled a lot of the issues at USC during his three-plus years there.
There was some belief that Bohn’s impending hire at USC meant the Trojans were not going to pursue Meyer, as Meyer has a history of forging deep ties with athletic directors and does not have that type of relationship with Bohn. However, the two do have some ties — Meyer is a University of Cincinnati alumni who played football at the school. He and Bohn worked together at Colorado State in the ’90s, and Meyer’s son plays baseball at Cincinnati. Bohn was also complimentary of Meyer a few years back.
USC’s football program is at a level of mediocrity unaccepted by their fans, and no one really knows what their plan is with Meyer. We have heard of at least one other top coach they could pursue, but Trojan fans are probably going to be disappointed with anyone other than Meyer. If they lose Bohn because of an unwillingness to pursue Meyer, things could get even uglier.
Cincinnati’s athletic director Mike Bohn defended head football coach Tommy Tuberville over the coach’s exchange with a fan following Saturday’s loss to BYU.
After the game, a fan heckled Tuberville as the coach was walking off the field. Tuberville had a seemingly inappropriate response, as he yelled back to the fan to “get a job” and something a little worse (video here).
In his statement on the matter, Bohn excused Tuberville’s behavior by saying the coach was put in a “no-win situation.”
Though Bohn described the response as “out of character” for Tuberville, no apology was given. That’s disappointing, considering the head coach of a college football program needs to be held to a high standard and should know better than to engage with a heckler.
Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn flew out 50 members of the school’s student section on the team’s charter plane out to Los Angeles for Pac-12 Tournament. It only made sense for him to feed them, too.
After the sixth-seeded Buffaloes surprised the conference and clinched their first Pac-12 tournament title with a 53-51 win over Arizona in Saturday’s championship, Bohn organized three charter buses to take any student who made it down for the game to a nearby In-N-Out Burger in celebration. In the end, Bohn reportedly picked up the tab — all $600 of it.
So does this mean CU students are going to get treated to someplace spendy like Ruth’s Chris if the Buffs shock the nation and cut down the nets in New Orleans?
H/T The Dagger
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