Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn is the pick to be the next USC athletic director, according to multiple reports.
The hiring of the new USC athletic director appears eminent. That man appears to be Mike Bohn of Cincinnati.
USC is “nearing a deal” to hire Bohn as athletic director, according to Bruce Feldman of the Athletic who tweeted the news on Friday morning. Dan Wolken of USA Today confirmed the choice while others jumped on board as the morning continued.
Though the hire is not yet official, Bohn would be only the second athletic director hire for the Trojans who did not have direct ties to the school. The other was Mike McGee, who coincidentally came to USC from Cincinnati as well. He served from 1984 to 1993 before leaving for South Carolina after failing to warm the hearts of the Trojan family.
Bohn will hope he has better luck on that score.
A former two-sport athlete at Kansas, Bohn brings a ton of experience to USC, having been an athletic director at four different schools, with stops at Idaho, San Diego State, Colorado and Cincinnati. He had having various success along the way.
At CU, where he was the athletic director for eight years, he took over an athletic department in turmoil following an early 2000s sex scandal. He helped clean up the program before eventually overseeing the Buffaloes transition to the Pac-12. It’s an experience as a pick-up-the-pieces athletic director that could suit USC, given their laundry list of scandals to plague both the athletic department and university.
The first order of business for Bohn will be to make a decision on USC football and head coach Clay Helton’s hot seat. The result of this weekend’s matchup with No. 7 Oregon could certainly impact the thinking process on whether to keep Helton or move on.
At the very least, someone will be in the driver’s seat on that score, at long last.