Urban Meyer Coaching USC Now A Done Deal
Urban Meyer coaching USC is now a done deal after Lynn Swann’s resignation as the school’s athletic director.
Swann’s resignation was announced by USC president Carol L. Folt in a letter on Monday.
The letter to the “Trojan Community” indicated that Swann was out effective immediately and thanked him for his five decades of service to the university.
“He felt that this was the professional thing to do, to resign and allow me to build my team,” Folt told the Los Angeles Times regarding Swann’s departure.
“That really is the gist of it.”
So who will take Swann’s place?
“The position will be filled with an experienced and accomplished individual,” Folt noted in the letter.
“Our Athletics Department puts our student-athletes first by pursuing excellence with integrity,” she added.
“We will build on the traditions and strengths of our exceptional athletics program.
“Our outstanding coaches, administrators and student-athletes work tirelessly every day both in the classroom and on the playing field, to embody the very best of the Trojan spirit.
“Our Athletics Department, working together with faculty and staff across the university, is focused on preparing all of our students for success in life, wherever they may go.”
Swann’s departure was something of an inevitability. He had been hired in 2016 to replace Pat Haden and suffered a string of problems that he couldn’t quite get a grasp on.
To make matters worse, the USC football team is coming off its first losing season in 19 years.
The real intrigue here is what this means for Clay Helton.
It has been widely assumed that USC would be firing him and replacing him with a better coach at some point in the not too distant future.
The name most often floated as that replacement has been Meyer.
We don’t know who the next USC AD will be, but we do know that he or she will hire Urban Meyer.
— Brian Witt (@Wittnessed) September 9, 2019
With Swann out the door, many are now speculating that USC is looking to bring in an AD who can put together an attractive package to lure Meyer to Southern California.
Between the program’s history, the fact that the Pac-12 is awful and wide open for anyone to dominate it, and the general appeals of living in Los Angeles, Meyer and USC seem like a match made in heaven.
Will Meyer ultimately end up with USC? Time will tell.
But Swann’s departure is a good first step in making it happen.