USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann has officially resigned from his position, per the university. School president Carol Folt announced the news in an email.
Dave Roberts, a special advisor to the president, will serve as the school’s athletic director moving forward in an interim role. It’s unclear what direction Folt will choose to go for the next hire.
Swann played wide receiver at USC and was selected in the first round of the 1974 NFL Draft. He went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1974-1982. He won four Super Bowl titles with the franchise.
Swann was hired as USC’s AD back in July of 2016. Many have been upset with how he’s handled both the football program and the basketball program. The college admissions scandal that involved USC also didn’t help his case.
Lynn Swann has resigned from his position as #USC Athletic Director, effective immediately.
Letter from President Carol Folt: pic.twitter.com/EI2vyunvYb
— Jimmy Mack (@jcmack03) September 9, 2019
Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports was not surprised by the move.
Lynn Swann's "resignation" at USC comes as little surprise in the industry. USC had been putting out third-party feelers to high-profile potential replacements for weeks. Only surprise was that he wasn't out sooner.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 9, 2019
It’s unclear what this means for head football coach Clay Helton, who is considered to be on the hot seat after a lackluster 2018 campaign.
We’ll keep you updated on USC’s search for its next AD.