Former UC AD Mike Bohn abruptly resigns at USC

AT USC Mike Bohn hired Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma as USC’s new football coach in Nov. 2021.

Mike Bohn, the University of Cincinnati athletic director from 2014 to 2019 has resigned from as University of Southern California AD effective immediately. Numerous outlets reported the late Friday afternoon news, including ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

Bohn cited health issues in a statement to the Los Angeles Times:

“In moving on, it is important now that I focus on being present with my treasured family, addressing ongoing health challenges, and reflecting on how I can be impactful in the future.”

The 62-year-old Bohn leaves prior to the official entry of the USC Trojans into the Big Ten and after recent internal criticism of the USC athletic department. USC President Carol Folt had recently conducted a review of the department ahead of the upcoming move to the Big Ten.

Bohn joined the Trojans late in 2019 and made his mark with the hiring of Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma.  In 2021-22, he was named USC’s first Football Bowl Subdivision Athletics Director of the Year. Riley coached 2022 Heisman winner Caleb Williams.

Lincoln Riley, left, the new head football coach of the University of Southern California, and Athletic Director Mike Bohn, right, answer questions during a ceremony in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Bohn was also instrumental in moving the Trojans from the PAC-12 to the Big Ten. Upon departing Cincinnati’s Bearcats, he brought Chief of Staff Brandon Sosna with him to USC. Sosna was an integral part of Bohn’s regime there and was credited as being the “architect” of the Lincoln Riley hire. Sosna left USC to become Senior Director, Football Administration with the Detroit Lions.

While at UC, Bohn oversaw the renovations at Nippert Stadium, parted ways with Tommy Tuberville in football and hired…


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