New USC President Carol Folt Has Experience With Athletic Turmoil
Former Univ of North Carolina Chancellor and new USC President Carol Folt has "experience dealing with a major athletic department in turmoil," but the mess that she is "inheriting at USC could be even more challenging to navigate," according to J. Brady McCollough of the L.A. TIMES. Folt comes to USC in the wake of Senior Associate AD Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic being implicated by "federal investigators in the college admissions bribery scheme" and being "immediately fired by the school." Unlike when Folt took her UNC position, there is "no pretense that USC's legal issues will be over anytime soon." It is "too early to tell what the fallout will be and how far up the chain of command the athletic department's transgressions will reach." Folt inherits AD Lynn Swann, who is "under fire, not for keeping Clay Helton as head football coach after a 5-7 season," but for "not having a procedure in place to check the power Heinel allegedly held over the athletic admissions process." USC observers "should not expect any swift movements to appease the most vocal of the fan base," as it will take Folt "some time to come up to speed" (L.A. TIMES, 3/21).