Tuesday Whispers: It Takes Work To Be This Unpopular
When USC hired Lynn Swann nearly three years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot known about him. He lived in Pittsburgh and rarely came around and hadn’t worked a college football game in 10 years.
His hiring was not universally praised (I was against it) but a lot of people were just glad to see Pat Haden replaced by someone who would not make the same mistakes.
But there was one group wise to Swann: His former teammates.
I’ve spoken to many since he got hired and about 95 percent express negative reactions. They believe he is an odd person who only really cares about himself.
Monday, I ran into another former teammate and randomly mentioned Swann.
“He won’t even talk to me and we run into each other from time to time,” the ex-teammate said. “I guess he thinks he is better than a lot of us. But the strange part is he acted that way at USC too. It’s not a recent thing.”
This player were perplexed because, like Swann, he enjoyed a successful pro career.
“It’s like we have nothing in common,” the player said.
And when I said other teammates had similar reactions?
“I’m not surprised,” the player said.
Now that Swann has been A.D., he is extremely unpopular with the fans. It just took aa few years for the rest of us to catch up to his teammates.