USC football has fallen off the map in regards to national relevance. Washington and Oregon have become the Pac-12’s elite teams.
The once-storied program has struggled to be consistently great. The inconsistency has led to multiple coaching changes over several years.
The staff changes haven’t brought the program back from the dead, though. Let’s be honest, USC fans have been wanting personnel changes for a long time, and those changes needed to start at the top.
Trojans’ fans finally got their wish on Monday. Athletic director Lynn Swann resigned at the beginning of the week. Although, it’s pretty obvious Swann was ‘strongly encouraged’ to leave the program.
Now, USC’s leadership is trying to find the right individual to take over their sports programs. But according to a report, the contacted candidates aren’t interested in the job.
Individuals on USC’s behalf reached out to “at least a half dozen” Power 5 ADs in past few weeks but none were interested in the USC job, sources told @Stadium
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 10, 2019
That comes as no surprise whatsoever. In the midst of academic scandals, recent sports scandals and the overall pressure of the position, top candidates are avoiding USC like the plague.
The timing of this whole situation is certainly interesting, to say the least. USC football went 5-7 last year, which many thought would lead to the firing of Swann and current head coach Clay Helton. After all, it was USC’s first losing season since 2000.
But both individuals kept their jobs. Fast forward to where we are today — the Trojans are coming off a significant win over Stanford. There hasn’t been this much excitement surrounding the program since 2016 when quarterback Sam Darnold was playing.
That didn’t stop USC’s leadership from making a change, though. Now, the school is picking up the phone to find the right individual for the job. The last thing they expected was for their calls not to be returned.
Just goes to show how far USC has fallen.