USC athletic director Mike Bohn abruptly resigns

USC can have a brand new athletic director because it transitions to the Huge Ten.


Mike Bohn resigned Friday from his place as athletic director, college president Carol Folt introduced. Bohn oversaw USC’s resolution to depart the Pac-12 for the Huge Ten and employed Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma as soccer coach throughout his 4 years at USC. He’s credited with modernizing the USC athletic division as a complete.

Bohn, 62, cited well being causes and eager to spend time along with his household in a press release to the Los Angeles Instances. His resignation is efficient instantly.

“I’ve been lucky to have had so many great alternatives and met so many terrific individuals, and I depart wishing the perfect to all with whom I labored and served. In shifting on, it can be crucial now that I concentrate on being current with my treasured household, addressing ongoing well being challenges and reflecting on how I may be impactful sooner or later,” Bohn’s assertion stated.

Athletic director Mike Bohn introduces Lincoln Riley as USC’s new head soccer coach on Nov. 29, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photograph/Ashley Landis)

Bohn arrived at USC from Cincinnati in November 2019 and was tasked with overhauling a bumbling athletic division and revitalizing the struggling USC soccer program. He initially retained Clay Helton as head coach earlier than firing him early within the 2021 season, opening the door for a head-start within the teaching search that finally yielded Riley in a significant coup.

Later, Bohn performed a key function in USC’s shifting on from the Pac-12 and becoming a member of the Huge Ten. USC will play yet one more season within the Pac-12 earlier than formally turning into a Huge Ten member forward of the 2024 season. With Bohn resigning, the college’s subsequent athletic director shall be answerable for overseeing that convention transition.

“After greater than 40 years of school athletics management, it’s the proper time to step away from my place as Director of Athletics on the College of Southern California,” Bohn stated. “I’ve devoted my life to serving student-athletes and advancing the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics. I’ll all the time be pleased with main this system out of probably the most tumultuous instances within the historical past of the career and at USC with a restored repute and nationwide milestone accomplishments. I led the method to affix the Huge Ten Convention, employed marquee head coaches, produced the best commencement charge at school historical past and gained quite a few nationwide and convention championships.”

In a message to the college group, Folt stated she is going to put collectively a “transition group” as the college launches a nationwide seek for Bohn’s alternative.

“During the last 4 years, the USC athletics division has remodeled right into a nationwide powerhouse. In our singular pursuit of excellence, I’m dedicated to making sure we’ve the correct management in place to attain our objectives,” Folt stated. “As a part of that dedication and as we put together to maneuver to the Huge Ten, we carried out a radical evaluate of the athletics division, together with its operations, tradition, and technique. Having constructed a robust basis over the previous few years, now’s the time for a brand new course grounded in our values and in experience wanted to meet our aspirational imaginative and prescient for Trojan athletics.”

Earlier than his time at USC, Bohn served because the athletic director at Cincinnati, Colorado, San Diego State and Idaho.