Mike Bohn set to take over USC athletic program

UniqueThis 74 November 1, 2019

The University of Southern California is expected to name Cincinnati's Mike Bohn its new athletic director, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Bohn, the athletic director at Cincinnati for five years, will replace Lynn Swann, who resigned in September after three years as AD at his alma mater.

Bohn, 58, is likely to be introduced Monday, sources told ESPN. The Athletic was first to report that he was likely to get the job.

USC declined to confirm the hiring, saying in a statement Friday, "Our search for a new athletic director is progressing well. When details become available, we'll let you know."

Bohn will inherit a program that has been enmeshed in two scandals in college sports. In January, former assistant basketball coach Tony Bland pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery in the college basketball recruiting probe. And in March, multiple coaches and administrators were arrested for their roles in the massive college admissions bribery scandal. One coach and one administrator admitted they took bribes to get students into the school. Both have pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges.

Bohn also will have to assess the future of fourth-year football coach Clay Helton. His job security has been the topic of conversation since USC went 5-7 in 2018, the program's first losing season since 2000. This season, the Trojans are 5-3 overall and atop the Pac-12 South at 4-1.

At Cincinnati, Bohn hired Luke Fickell as football coach in 2017. Fickell, the former defensive coordinator at Ohio State, is 21-11 in his three seasons. The Bearcats are 6-1 this season, leading the American Athletic Conference, and ranked No. 17 in the latest AP poll.

Bohn, who was a quarterback and also played on the baseball team at Kansas in 1982, was athletic director at Colorado from 2005 to 2013 before taking the Cincinnati job. He hired three football coaches for the Buffaloes -- Dan Hawkins (16-33), Jon Embree (4-21) and Mike MacIntyre (20-29). Each eventually was fired.

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Kyle Bonagura contributed to this report.

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