Steelers and Trojans fans rejoice. Lynn Swann is returning to the grid iron. Sort of.
Today USC announced that former Trojans star wide receiver NFL Hall of Famer, Lynn Swann, was returning to Southern California as the new Athletic Director. Swann replaces Pat Haden and is now the third consecutive USC football player to hold the position.
"To his new role, Lynn Swann will bring the heart and soul of a Trojan," said USC President C.L. Max Nikias. "He shares our profound dedication to combining academic excellence with athletic excellence."
"I am excited about coming back to USC -- its growth and success under President Nikias has been phenomenal and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of that," said Swann. "As athletic director, my goals for the student-athletes will be to graduate, to win and to experience."
Swann earned his bachelor's degree in public relations from the the University and was a star on the field. He played on two Rose Bowl teams and a National Championship team in 1972. Swann was also the team captain, most valuable player and an All-American in 1973.
"USC opened doors for me," said Swann. "I learned about myself, and my education created a pathway to go forward. I was always looking toward preparing for that career beyond football."
"It is foundational for our student-athletes to earn their degree," he added, "Education is about laying each brick of that foundation, one day at a time."
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