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Wednesday Whispers: Sports-Minded Donors Want A President

Wednesday Whispers: Sports-Minded Donors Want A President

Some of the people that donate six-or-seven figure sums to USC want a new school president.

And they have decided the best choice is Northwestern president Morton Schapiro.

Why? It’s not just because Schapiro was an administrator at USC between 1991-2000. But when he was at USC, he was a fixture on the team plane on football road trips. They believe Schapiro understands football and sports, something you cannot say of a USC president since John Hubbard in the 1970’s.

They like this because they believe Lynn Swann needs a firm boss and oversight. Schapiro is credited with some of Northwestern’s football success and USC could use someone with a plan. Boosters believe he would have a strong voice to get Swann to act more like an athletic director.

An announcement could come in the next 3-6 weeks on a new president.

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