With Larry Scott leaving on June 30th, the search for a new Pac-12 commissioner has begun. The outgoing leader started off his tenure right, scoring a record-setting television deal for the conference. However, that's where the fun stopped. The other Power 5 conferences secured deals of their own and surpassed them in the major sports, basketball and football. With a lack of competition and revenue, the Pac-12 needs a new figure to lead the way. Who should grab the reins once it's all said and done?
Some rumored names to pop up include former XFL commissioner Oliver Luck and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. But there's one name that should be considered: Lynn Swann. Swann has plenty of experience in such offices. He was formerly the USC Trojans athletic director from 2016 to 2019. He also served as the Physical Fitness and Sports Council chairman under the Bush administration, launching presidentschallenge.org in 2003. Swann has deep Pac-12 roots that start with his time at USC. Best of all, he's well connected to the football side of business. He's played the game as a Trojan and has even established himself as a legendary Pittsburgh Steeler. If there's anybody that deserves consideration as the new Pac-12 commissioner, it's Lynn Swann.
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