NFL Hall of Famer and former USC football legend Lynn Swann was named as the school’s athletic director Wednesday. He will replace Pat Haden after Haden retires on June 30.

Swann helped lead the Trojans to two Rose Bowls and a National Championship in 1972, In 1973, he was named a team captain and made it on the All-American team. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

“To his new role, Lynn Swann will bring the heart and soul of a Trojan,” USC President Max Nikias said, announcing the hire. “He shares our profound dedication to combining academic excellence with athletic excellence.”

USC said they interviewed more than 200 candidates for the job before choosing Swann.

“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,” Swann said.   “As athletic director, my goals for the student-athletes will be to graduate, to win and to experience.”


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