Friday Whispers: Understanding How USC Works
Lynn Swann is a source of mystery to many fans and even some of the media. He generally seems out of touch with his public comments.
But how do we get a read on him when it comes to Clay Helton’s future?
Here is something I hear from several plugged-in donors: They believe Swann was installed by a mega-donor and even his salary might be paid by the donor.
They believe this means Swann doesn’t care about anything because he has a mega-donor’s support and he is bullet proof. They think he intends to put his time in and doesn’t care what the public thinks.
This might mean he keeps Helton despite the damage it would do to Swann’s reputation. Losses to UCLA and Notre Dame might change that attitude, however.
The fact USC has incompetence at so many levels (board of trustees, president, athletic director) makes it difficult to predict what will happen. For example, if the mega-donor wants Helton gone, Swann will fire him.