LOS ANGELES — Mike Bohn stood in front of the gathered alumni, trustees, administrators and coaches, his red-and-yellow striped tie signaling his inclusion into the club.
Bohn was introduced Thursday as USC’s new athletic director. He comes not as a former Trojan, but as the second AD in school history without previous ties to the institution.
He hit all the right notes in trying to win over his new environment. He spoke about the special feeling he got around campus, how he wants to reach out to former Trojans to get their perspective on his new department. He went so far as to call USC “the preeminent college athletic program in the country.”
But Bohn is, in fact, an outsider. And at a school that previously hired three former Trojans football players to run the athletic department, that could prove to be asset.
Bohn has been the athletic director at Idaho, San Diego State, Colorado and, most recently, Cincinnati. He pointed out he didn’t attend any of the institutions he worked for, going back to his first job at the Air Force Academy.
“But I think that’s a little bit of an advantage,” he said while reiterating his respect for USC’s athletics history. “I believe I bring in a new perspective. Maybe something just a little bit different.”
USC president Carol L. Folt introduced Bohn on Thursday. She repeatedly emphasized his experience, as well as the energy and passion he brings to the job.
These characteristics were on display as he spoke, his volume rising throughout his opening remarks and responses to queries. Bohn credited this to being the son of a P.E. teacher.
Asked if finding someone from outside the USC bubble was important to her, Folt, herself having arrived at USC from North Carolina this summer, said she wanted to find the best candidate, period.
But, she noted, his array of experiences across the country was part of what made Bohn that candidate.
“I loved the diversity and breadth of experience,” Folt said. “That does lead, usually, to somebody who comes from the outside because they’ve been to a lot of places. If you’re a lifelong learner like Mike, they really do bring those successes and mistakes into a new way of thinking.”
And a new way of thinking would be a good change of pace for an athletic department that’s been the subject of two federal investigations, one into its men’s basketball program and another now infamously dubbed …read more
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