April 19th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

USC athletic director Lynn Swann has had a roller coaster three years in the position, the latest low of which comes from the admissions scandal that broke last month. Shortly after the scandal broke, implicating USC worst of all, Swann received scorn for skipping a voluntary university retreat meant to right the ship for an autograph signing across the country in which he made a nice chunk of cash. In a wide-ranging Q&A with The Athletic’s Antonio Morales that included topics on the school’s sub-par football and basketball seasons, Swann explained the autograph signing weekend. USC leaders and trustees held a retreat shortly after news of the scandal broke to discuss the issue, and while Swann was invited to attend, spokespeople said he was not required and it was a courtesy. Swann reportedly discussed skipping the retreat with his superiors. The Trojans also had a spring scrimmage and ongoing athletics to attend. Instead, Swann was at a memorabilia show in Washington, D.C., with Randy Moss and Emmitt Smith. He signed autographs for $220, prompting backlash for being away from the university at such a crucial time. – Cassandra Negley, – Read More

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