Former USC great Lynn Swann has been named the university’s new athletic director and will officially succeed Pat Haden on July 1, according to Zach Helfand of The Los Angeles Times.
In a letter to the school. president C.L. Max Nikias said “Swann will bring the heart and soul of a Trojan” to the position.
It’s certainly an interesting hire on USC’s part, especially since Swann has no experience of any kind in university administration. He did, however, serve as chairman of the President’s Council of Physical Fitness & Sports for three years under former president George W. Bush.
But Swann is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and won four Super Bowls as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching 336 passes for 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons. He was also a first-round pick out of USC in 1974, helping the Trojans win a national championship in 1972 and finishing his college career with 96 receptions for 1,562 yards and 11 touchdowns. He knows the school’s culture well and can help take it forward in the Pac-12.
Given how USC needed to find a successor fast after Haden announced in February that he’d be stepping down due to health reasons, Lynn Swann could certainly turn out to be a fine hire.
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