The USC Trojans saw a bombshell when Mike Bohn resigned during an investigation, adding even more drama to the program.
Now the Trojans must find another AD to fill his shoes, and it won’t be an easy decision. Which way are they going? In addition, will school principal Carol Folt be allowed to choose the next athletic director after questions arose surrounding her vetting process for hiring Mike Bohn in 2019?
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It’s a shame, especially with Bohn making a big move to bring Lindsay Gottlieb and Lincoln Riley to town. USC had been building momentum on several fronts, but the reality is that Bohn’s failures are at work. The Trojans, in a sense, start again.
We’ve detailed a number of potential candidates, including Pat Chun, and it’s a shame Brandon Sosna didn’t stay at USC. He left for the NFL’s Detroit Lions and it is unclear if he wants to continue this job.
However, Stewart Mandel of The Athletic listed some possible candidates. He also revealed the importance of this job and what the next athletic director must do to be successful at USC:
“USC needs to hire a rock star to both oversee the move to the Big Ten and, as CG suggested, make sure Riley is taken care of. As I wrote last week, USC’s NIL initiatives were incredibly clumsy, largely because Bohn himself vehemently opposed the advent of collectives. Riley won’t be able to build a national championship program without operations similar to those in not only Georgia and Alabama, but Oregon, which has the best-funded, most organized collective on the West Coast. The next AD must be fully aware of and accept the new landscape, which Bohn clearly was not,” Mandel wrote.