Is Lynn Swann The Nation's Worst Athletic Director?
A USC source tells me a decision might come today regarding Kliff Kingsbury. Let's hope so.
Meanwhile, is Lynn Swann the worst athletic director in the country?
It is a legitimate question. Just consider some of the moves Swann's made:
1.) Ignored all warning signs last season and rewarded Clay Helton with a five-year contract with three-year contracts for Tee Martin and Clancy Pendergast.
Where was Helton going to go if he did not get that offer? He would have taken a 1-year extension. No athletic director who knew what they were doing would give Helton a five-year deal. An athletic director who never was an athletic director would do it.
2.) Failed to terminate Helton
Look going 5-7 is rough. But the reasons behind it as Swann said in his own statement -- culture, discipline, personnel, staff, schemes -- are all on Helton. Who does he think was responsible?
3.) Treated fans with disdain
Swann lectured the fans in a video about moving their seats last year. He lectured the fans again last week with his "Let me be clear . . . Clay Helton is our head coach and he will continue to be our head coach."
Before that, he gave a radio interview after the Arizona State loss where he said, "I think this program is in good shape."
He is also well known for not signing autographs. A real sign of a knucklehead.
4.) Too much executive time
Swann takes 1-2 weeks off every April to go to the Masters. He is a member of Augusta National Golf Club. Two years ago, there was a report USC couldn't even hire a women's basketball coach because he wasn't around to interview candidates. He takes his golf clubs on football road trips.
Golf is king in his world.