USC athletic director Lynn Swann resigns

USC athletic director Lynn Swann resigned Monday after three tumultuous years on the job at his alma mater.

New USC President Carol Folt announced the decision in a letter expressing her “sincere appreciation” for the former Trojans receiver.

“Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan family,” Folt wrote.

Dave Roberts, the former head of USC’s compliance department, will be interim athletic director while the school searches for someone to run one of the nation’s highest-profile athletic departments. Roberts is a special adviser to Folt, who assumed her position in July.

Swann, 67, was hired in 2016 despite no significant experience in athletic administration. USC’s athletic department has faced several setbacks during the Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver’s tenure, notably involvement in the widespread college-admissions scandal and the college basketball-corruption scandal.

• Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar has been diagnosed with a concussion and it is unclear whether he will be cleared to play Saturday when the Boilermakers host TCU.

• Stanford’s home game against No. 15 Oregon on Sept. 21 will have a 4 p.m. kickoff and be on ESPN.

• North Carolina starting cornerback Patrice Rene will miss the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament. Head coach Mack Brown also said that starting center Nick Polino is out indefinitely with a lower body injury.


Soccer clubs

foil UEFA plan

A revolt by European clubs has foiled plans by their wealthiest counterparts to turn the Champions League into a largely closed competition.

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli and his European Club Association leadership team has been forced to reset their expectations after failing to win support for a plan to steer the lucrative competition even more in favor of an elite group of elite teams.

Lower-ranking clubs made their voices heard in tense private meetings across Europe, suppressing a radical Champions League reinvention from 2024 that would have had profound implications for the intrigue of domestic competitions by largely severing qualification pathways but placating teams with more placed in a new third-tier competition.

By the time Agnelli addressed the ECA assembly in Geneva on Monday, there were signs he reluctantly had listened to less storied members.

“We have different views on formats and the stability principles,” Agnelli said, according to a Twitter posting by the ECA which blocked media access to a meeting attended by more than 150 clubs.

The vision championed by Agnelli, presented by UEFA to its member federations and national leagues in May, would have guaranteed 24 out of 32 teams return to the Champions League each season. Rather than the 32 being split across eight groups as they are now, there would be four divisions, providing more matches between the biggest teams.

WNBA: The Indiana Fever fired head coach and general manager Pokey Chatman, a day after the team finished with a third straight losing season. Chatman took the job in 2017 and had a 28-74 record. She had spent the previous six years coaching the Chicago Sky, with whom she went 106-98.

NHL: The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Zach Werenski to a three-year, $15 million contract extension.

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