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Sport USC's new athletic director Mike Bohn is in no hurry to make a decision on coach Clay Helton's fate

13:51  20 november  2019
13:51  20 november  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Mike Bohn to be named USC athletic director

  Mike Bohn to be named USC athletic director After a quarter century of entrusting former Trojans football stars with the direction of its athletic department, USC has tapped an outsider to be its next athletic director. Mike Bohn will be named to the position on Thursday, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told the Los Angeles Times. He'll be the first to assume the post without any previous ties to the university since Mike McGee, who, until now, had been the only outsider ever to lead USC athletics. USC had zeroed in on Bohn as its choice last week, but his hiring, according to a person familiar with the situation, was delayed as the university conducted background checks.

The new leader of USC ' s athletic program has apparently been decided upon. Multiple sources told SI that the university has reached an agreement in principle with Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn . The word initially came down late Thursday evening that USC was close to making a hire.

on USC football with Pac-12 Networks analyst Yogi Roth regarding prospective athletic director Mike Bohn , how it affects Clay Helton , a potential move for Urban He hired a guy to lead them to the Pac-12 South title, and he had to make a really tough decision about a former player there (Jon Embree).

Over the course of a whirlwind first week that saw him crisscrossing campus, meeting with coaches and players, glad-handing with donors and fans and attending every possible event he could fit into his schedule, Mike Bohn didn't exactly ease his way into his new job as USC's athletic director.

a person wearing a suit and tie: LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019: New USC athletic director Mike Bohn speaks during news conference on the USC campus in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 7, 2019.© Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019: New USC athletic director Mike Bohn speaks during news conference on the USC campus in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 7, 2019.

"It's been exhilarating and it's been inspiring," Bohn said during a brief respite outside of Heritage Hall on Tuesday.

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  Hernandez: USC athletic director Mike Bohn needs to tune out Urban (Meyer) noise He wasn't in the building. Except he was. He was rarely mentioned by name. Except every other question was about him. Urban Meyer was nowhere and everywhere Thursday in the John McKay Center, where Mike Bohn was introduced as USC's athletic director. The reason was obvious: Meyer is whom Trojan Nation wants as its football coach. USC can preach the importance of integrity, but the university is about winning — in athletics, that means winning football games.Pete Carroll's teams are evidence of that. They were why the athletic department was sanctioned by the NCAA, but their dominance remains the standard by which the Trojans continue to measure themselves.

Southern California hired Mike Bohn as its new athletic director on Thursday, breaking from Bohn is USC ' s first AD since 1993 who was not a former USC football player with no prior experience Bohn said he has not met embattled football coach Clay Helton , whose team is 5-4 in his fourth full

New athletic director Mike Bohn looked a people person at USC on Thursday. New USC A.D. Mike Bohn was asked if he would wait until the end of the season to make an assessment of Clay Helton . I’m hearing some USC assistant coaches are already putting out feelers for potential job

Though the new athletic director has hurried to ingratiate himself with the university, Bohn told The Times in an interview that there's no such urgency to make a decision on the status of embattled football coach Clay Helton, even as questions over his uncertain future loom large over the final week of USC's regular season.

"Any time you're a part of a significant enterprise in something that so many people are invested in, it's something we don't want to race into," Bohn said. "We're not on a specific timeline that would do anything to jeopardize momentum or opportunities that exist, regardless of what those are. Revealing any type of timeline or plan at this point would be premature and probably inappropriate."

With only USC's rivalry matchup with UCLA remaining, there aren't many opportunities left to build on its recent momentum and extend the season. The Trojans still trail by a half-game in the Pac-12 South division, with just a slim chance of sneaking into the conference title game.

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New USC AD Mike Bohn will wait to make any decisions regarding Clay Helton . Getty Images. Earlier today, Mike Bohn was officially introduced as the new athletics director at USC . Among the top issues for Bohn to address when meeting with the media was the job security of head football coach

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Any such appearance would require Utah to lose to one of its final two games against conference bottom-feeders Arizona and Colorado. That remains unlikely. Since losing to USC in September, Utah has won six straight while outscoring opponents 228-54.

At his introductory news conference, when asked about his expectations for USC's final few games this season, Bohn noted that "good programs finish strong."

Since then, as speculation over Helton's job security continued, USC appears to be doing just that. Its young offense finally is clicking. Injury issues finally are abating.

On Tuesday, USC even sneaked its way into the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 23.

With a victory over their crosstown rivals, the Trojans would finish the season with five wins in six weeks. Their successful spurt hasn't gone unnoticed by the new athletic director.

"The way they've responded these last couple weeks, dealing with so many injuries and overcoming some adversity, he's been able to keep poised and keep his team focused," Bohn said of Helton.

USC, AD must answer Helton question sooner rather than later

  USC, AD must answer Helton question sooner rather than later USC beat a downtrodden UCLA team on Saturday, but now Mike Bohn must decide the future of the Trojans — and Clay Helton — sooner, rather than later.That is a decision Bohn wasn’t willing to talk about on Saturday night.

Clay Helton heaps praise on new USC AD Mike Bohn . Getty Images. Following a week’ s worth of speculation, USC confirmed in a press conference early Thursday afternoon that Cincinnati’ s Mike Bohn would be replacing Lynn Swann as the university’ s athletic director .

New USC AD: Too soon to make call on Helton . USC hires Cincinnati' s Bohn as athletic director . USC has named Cincinnati' s Mike Bohn as its new athletic director , the university announced While questions swirl around Clay Helton ' s future at USC , the head coach said after Saturday' s

"I respect that."

Asked if that response might be enough to convince him of keeping Helton, Bohn said, "We're doing everything we can for Clay and those young men to be successful."

How long a strong finish might delay a decision remains to be seen. USC has a bye next week, when most teams will play their regular-season finales, leading some to wonder if a decision could come as soon as Monday, in hopes of solidifying the program's future as soon as possible.

That urgency is especially high on the recruiting trail, where the Trojans lag far behind other powerhouse programs. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, USC's 2020 class ranks 76th in the nation, behind Bowling Green and just ahead of Texas San Antonio.

The early signing period opens Dec. 18, leaving that as a looming, late deadline to determine the direction of the program, and if USC still has hope of either improving or simply maintaining its 2020 class.

Bohn said he has "great respect for the urgency in recruiting, but I also understand it's important for us to get it right."

"Recruiting is important," he continued. "We have a unique situation this year, where we don't have a lot of scholarships available. But we have some incredible talent in that locker room, and I want to make sure we get this right."

USC Needs to Fire Clay Helton, Retaining Him Would Be a Massive Mistake

  USC Needs to Fire Clay Helton, Retaining Him Would Be a Massive Mistake USC should fire Clay Helton. It's as simple as that after years of missteps and ridiculous self-inflicted wounds that have sent the Trojans reeling into mediocrity. If USC president Carol Folt and new athletic director Mike Bohn want to oversee a top-level football program, they need to find a top-level head coach. Attaching themselves to Helton for another year would be a monumental mistake that could bury the program for years. The Athletic'sThe Athletic's Bruce Feldman wrote a piece on USC and Helton on Wednesday in which he reports Folt and Bohn have both warmed to Helton and may wind up retaining him. First off, Bruce? Take a few days off for Thanksgiving buddy.

Nonetheless, calls for Helton's exit are sure to reach a fever pitch early next week, after months of rampant speculation. But despite of the insistence of a dissatisfied USC fan base, which now sees just one solution to all that ails the football program, the new athletic director says that a timeline won't be determined until "all the pieces are put in place."

However long that may take.

"Our commitment is to our team and our coaches to be successful," Bohn said. "This is a game big game Saturday, and I have a high expectation for all Trojans to help with that competitive spirit and help us win."

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Source: Clay Helton to return at USC for the 2020 season .
Source: Clay Helton to return at USC for the 2020 seasonAccording to a memo obtained by Yahoo Sports, Bohn explained the rationale behind his decision for Helton to “continue to be our head coach.” The letter stated: “Heading into 2020, Coach Helton and I will work together to take a hard look at all aspects of the football enterprise and will make the tough decisions necessary to compete at a championship level.

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