Lynn Swann, employed by the USC Trojans three years in the past to run an athletic division all too conversant in scandal, says he will not resign within the face of extra of it.
Swann, chatting with the Los Angeles Instances in regards to the faculty admissions bribery case through which a senior affiliate athletic director, water polo coach and former soccer coach have been indicted and later fired by the varsity, mentioned they have been veteran athletics officers who “had seen unhealthy issues carried out and knew higher.”
“I feel all people was blindsided by this,” Swann mentioned in the interview with the Instances. “The truth that it was a senior member of the workers and in addition our males’s and girls’s head water polo coach. … These are individuals which were right here a very long time and individuals who had been right here throughout troublesome occasions and had seen unhealthy issues carried out and knew higher. Everybody was fully shocked, caught off guard and brought without warning.”
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Swann, 67, a Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer and former Trojans receiver, was employed by USC in April 2016 to succeed retiring athletic director Pat Haden.
Swann mentioned that sooner or later, one individual is not going to have as a lot duty as senior directors such because the fired Donna Heinel had.
“We’ll work with the college to implement one of the best system,” Swann mentioned. “We’ll work with the administration, admissions, sports activities directors, recruiters and scouts so there are extra eyeballs on this. Transferring ahead when a listing of names is being put ahead, the coach sees it, the recruiter sees it, the administrator sees it and others see it so we all know these are actual student-athletes that we’re attempting to get.
“Whether or not they’re a most well-liked walk-on in soccer or another person, we have to know these are actual student-athletes. One of many first issues I did after I learn by way of the affidavit was I referred to as Katharine Harrington, the vp of admissions and planning at USC, and I apologized to her. The admissions division had no clue this was occurring. They’d no thought, and why would they?”
Swann was amongst greater than 200 candidates thought of for the place earlier than his rent. He had no expertise in high-level collegiate athletic administration however was the third consecutive former USC soccer participant to take the submit.
A four-time Tremendous Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers who performed for the Trojans and was chosen with the 21st total choose of the NFL draft in 1974, Swann mentioned he will not be stepping down.
“I’ve not thought of resigning. I am dedicated to this college and I am dedicated to this job,” Swann mentioned. “This was a chance that offered itself to me. I by no means went out searching for this job, however this can be a job I really feel I am ready for. Every little thing I do at USC, I’ve carried out earlier than for another person whether or not that is elevating capital, sitting on company boards, being chairman of the board of trustees for Huge Brothers Huge Sisters of America, chairman of the President’s Council on Sports activities Health and Diet.”
Swann received a nationwide championship at USC in 1972, when the Trojans went 12-Zero. Swann graduated from the college with a bachelor’s diploma in public relations. He’s additionally a member of the Faculty Soccer Corridor of Fame.
“I’ve carried out loads of issues in my life which have given me expertise in shifting into this place,” Swann instructed the Los Angeles Instances. “I felt like it might be an awesome alternative. Do I wish to do it ceaselessly? No. I want to do it for 10 years. In company America they have a look at a tenure of a CEO they usually say 10 years is about proper.
“We’ve got an awesome college and that is why these individuals did what they did to attempt to get their youngsters into this college.”
Data from The Related Press was used on this report.