USC athletic director Mike Bohn has resigned. according to Ryan Kartje of the LA Times.
Bohn released a statement to the Times that said:
“After more than 40 years of leadership in college athletics, the time is right for me to step away from my role as director of athletics at USC. I have dedicated my life to serving student-athletes and advance the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics. I will always be proud to lead the program through the most tumultuous times in the history of the profession and at USC with a restored reputation and national milestone achievements. I led the process to join the Big 10 Conference, hired head coaches, produced the highest graduation rate in school history, and won numerous national and conference championships.As a former student-athlete, my purpose and identity are rooted in to support young people as they pursue their athletic, academic and personal goals. I have been fortunate to have had so many wonderful opportunities and meet so many great people, and I leave wishing the best to everyone I have worked with and served As I move forward, it’s important for me to focus on being present with my beloved family, addressing current health challenges, and reflecting on how I can make an impact in the future.”
Since being hired in November 2019, Bohn has transformed USC’s athletics department. As mentioned in his statement, Bohn was instrumental in getting USC into the Big Ten and also hired football coach Lincoln Riley, women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb and baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz. All three coaches have turned around their respective programs in short periods of time.
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“We will announce a transition team of internal and external leaders in the coming days and will shortly launch a national search for a new athletics director,” USC President Carol Folt said in a statement. announcing Bohn’s resignation.