USC athletic director Lynn Swann is stepping down from his position, creating an opening at the university, according to a report from Bruce Feldman of The Athletic on Monday.
Feldman is reporting that Swann has resigned effective immediately. Swann’s decision to resign comes just over three years after assuming the role. He took the job in July 2016.
According to Feldman, “USC brass had already been reaching out to prospective AD candidates to gauge interest in recent weeks about replacing Lynn Swann.”
BREAKING: @USC AD Lynn Swann has resigned effective immediately.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 9, 2019
Swann, who was a legendary receiver at USC, hadn’t been too popular in Los Angeles in his role as an administrative figure. In particular, Swann’s decision to keep head football coach Clay Helton in charge following a 5-7 season in 2018 drew fierce criticism.
The Trojans are off to a 2-0 start this season, defeating Fresno State and Stanford in the first two weeks of the season.
Special advisor to the president Dave Roberts will take over the position on an interim basis, according to a report from 247Sports.