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Hall of Famer Lynn Swann named athletic director at USC

Lynn Swann is the next Southern California football great to get the chance to run the Trojans' athletic department.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer was named USC's athletic director on Wednesday.

USC President Max Nikias announced the appointment of the former Trojans receiver, who will succeed Pat Haden on July 1.

Swann was among more than 200 candidates considered for the position atop the high-profile department, Nikias said. Although the Pro Football Hall of Famer has no experience in collegiate athletic administration, Swann is the third straight former USC football player to get the post.

"This new role as AD fits with my life focus of leadership,...