USC director of athletics Mike Bohn has tendered his letter of resignation as the head of the Trojans’ athletic department, university president Carol Folt confirmed in a letter to the USC community.
“On behalf of the Trojan Family, I thank Mike for his contributions to our athletics department during a time of rapid transformation and growth,” Folt said. “We will be announcing a transition team comprising both internal and external leaders in the coming days and will launch a national search for a new director of athletics shortly.”
Bohn, 62, arrived at USC from Cincinnati in November of 2019, replacing former Trojan standout Lynn Swann. His hiring marked a new approach for USC, which had stayed largely within the university community with previous athletics hires, whereas Bohn came with athletic director experience at four different colleges.
His impact at USC was felt swiftly as he overhauled the athletic department and modernized it to compete with other national powers.
He hired Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley to run the USC football program, extended men’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield after consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and hired Lindsay Gottlieb from the Cleveland Cavaliers to lead the women’s basketball program.
But Bohn’s most earth-shaking move as USC athletic director came last summer, when the Trojans announced their intention to move from their traditional home in the Pac-12 conference to the Big Ten.
“Over the last four years, the USC athletics department has transformed into a national powerhouse,” Folt stated. “In our singular pursuit of excellence, I am committed to ensuring we have the right leadership in place to achieve our goals. As part of that commitment and as we prepare to move to the Big Ten, we conducted a thorough review of the athletics department, including its operations, culture, and strategy. Having built a strong foundation over the last few years, now is the time for new direction grounded in our values and in expertise needed to fulfill our aspirational vision for Trojan athletics.”
More to come on this developing story.