Three years of disappointment at the University of Southern California is over for Lynn Swann, who signed his letter of resignation on Monday.
BREAKNG: USC athletic director Lynn Swann has officially resigned.
— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) September 9, 2019
Ryan Kartje of the LA Times broke the news in the tweet above. Kartje’s piece in the LA Times reveals some of the details behind Swann’s sudden departure.
In March, USC hired Carol Folt as the University’s President. Swann apparently understood that Folt was planning to put her own leadership in place at the university.
Folt told Kartje on Monday, “He felt that this was the professional thing to do, to resign and allow me to build my team,” she said. “That really is the gist of it.”
In case you forgot, an admissions scandal put USC in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons back in the spring. Folt says the scandal “was not part of the decision for me,” according to Kartje.
There are plenty of decisions ahead for USC, but they have selected an interim Athletic Director. Kartje reports, Dave Roberts, who is a special advisor to Folt, will be the interim AD.