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In a stunning move, USC athletic director Mike Bohn has resigned.

He announced the move Friday in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

Bohn, 62, did not give any reason for his resignation, although he mentioned “ongoing health challenges” in the statement.

However, the surprise nature and timing of his resignation, along with a statement from USC that mentioned, “now is the time for new direction grounded in our values …” raised questions among some observers about what really happened.

Bohn’s statement noted in part, “I will always be proud of leading the program out of the most tumultuous times in the history of the profession and at USC with a restored reputation and national milestone accomplishments. I led the process to join the Big 10 Conference, hired marquee Head Coaches, produced the highest graduation rate in school history and won numerous national and conference championships.

“I have been fortunate to have had so many wonderful opportunities and met so many terrific people, and I depart wishing the very best to all with whom I worked and served. In moving on, it is important now that I focus on being present with my treasured family, addressing ongoing health challenges, and reflecting on how I can be impactful in the future.”

Bohn had held the post since replacing former AD Lynn Swann in November 2019. He has earned praise for reviving the USC athletic program. He made the decision to hire Lincoln Riley as the head football coach, and the Trojans had national championship aspirations last season. The men’s basketball team has made the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons and has landed a heralded recruiting class that includes Bronny James.

Bohn also orchestrated USC’s move from the Pac-12 to the Big 10, where the Trojans begin play in 2024.

In a statement, USC President Carol Folt praised Bohn for his accomplishments, but her comments raised questions with many observers.

“Over the last four years, the USC athletics department has transformed into a national powerhouse,” Folt said (via “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.”

Bohn’s resignation stunned the college sports world. Yet some people wondered if there’s more to this story that is about to drop.



[Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times]

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