Cincinnati’s Mike Bohn joins USC as athletic director, talks Clay Helton

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University of Cincinnati Mike Bohn, long considered a contender for the athletic director position at the University of Southern California, was finally introduced as such today.

At a morning news conference, the university announced Bohn will succeed Lynn Swann, who abruptly resigned in September after three years overseeing one of the nation’s premier collegiate athletics programs.

Bohn has been the University of Cincinnati’s athletic director since 2014. He was also athletic director at University of Colorado from 2005 to 2013, San Diego State from 2003-05 and the University of Idaho from 1999-2003.

Bohn will become the first non-alumnus to be USC’s athletic director since Mike McGee, who had the job from 1984-93. Coincidentally, McGee was University of Cincinnati’s athletic director when he was hired by USC. Bohn will become the fourth athletic director since 2010.

Bohn’s first challenge will be to decide the fate of football coach Clay Helton. The Trojans dropped to 5-4 following Saturday’s 56-24 loss to Oregon after going 5-7 in 2018, their first season with a losing record since 2000. Bohn said that despite all eyes on Helton, it would be “premature” to discuss coaching staff replacements.

“We expect him to finish strong. It’s important to win,” Bohn said. “I’m not trying to add more pressure to him, [but] good programs finish strong.”

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