Two USC coaches who left during Mike Bohn’s tenure are revealed in new report

The Athletic produced a feature-length report on Mike Bohn’s unprofessional conduct as the athletic director at both USC and Cincinnati. The story builds on earlier reporting from Ryan Kartje of the Los Angeles Times. Kartje had noted in his reporting that multiple USC coaches left the school because of Bohn.

The Athletic’s story revealed who those two coaches were.

From the report:

“Two national-championship winning head coaches departed USC during Bohn’s tenure. One was Caryl Smith-Gilbert, who led the women’s track team to a national title the year before Bohn’s arrival and the men’s track program to several top-five finishes in the NCAA Championships. The other was women’s soccer coach Keidane McAlpine, who won the 2016 national title.

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“In 2021, with Smith-Gilbert on the verge of leading women’s track to another national title, the University of Georgia made a courtesy call to Bohn to inform him Georgia wanted to hire her, according to a senior staffer. That source told The Athletic that Bohn ‘was non-responsive to (Georgia) for a couple of days.’ The Trojans won the title on June 12, and the next day Smith-Gilbert announced she was leaving to take the Georgia job.

“'(Bohn) allowed for a culture where championship coaches wanted to leave,’ said the source.”

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Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire