The Aggies have their man, at least the man who’ll replace departed AD Scott Woodward. A&M is set to hire Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork to head up operations in College Station.
It’s a bit unsettling the amount of glee coming out of Oxford with Bjork’s departure, some of that may be shell shock from the scandals that have gripped the Ole Miss athletic program the past decade, but regardless, a lot of Rebel fans are offering to help Ross pack. Ole Miss already removed Bjork’s bio from its website. The higher ups in Mississippi appear ready to say goodbye as well.
Bjork didn’t hire Hugh Freeze, but he oversaw his roller coaster term as the head football coach of the Rebs. From beating Bama, playing in a New Year’s Six Bowl, to recruiting violations, draft night tweets, paying utility bills, and those phone calls to mystery women in the Florida area, Freeze thumped his bible and talked the proverbial talk and was then sent on his merry way. He’s the head coach at Liberty now, working under former Baylor AD and all around a-hole Ian McCaw. Here’s hoping for an old testament smiting for those two.
The NCAA, by the way, found that Ole Miss harbored “an unconstrained culture of booster involvement in football recruiting.” Smells like the 80s right Aggie fans?
Bjork promoted Ole Miss assistant Matt Luke to the head job, and Luke’s done a decent job managing the off the field issues. On the field Ole Miss felt the brunt of NCAA Sanctions this season, finishing 1-7 in SEC play. The jury is very much out on Luke, but he’s an alum so he’ll be given a bit more time to right the ship, assuming a new AD doesn’t want to stamp the program with his guy ASAP.
Bjork hired Kermit Davis to run the Ole Miss basketball program and to replace the long-tenured Andy Kennedy. Davis took Ole Miss to the NCAA tourney. On the baseball front, Mike Bianco is in his 19th season, so Bjork had little to do with his hiring or the steamrolling success, the Rebels qualified for a regional in all but three of Bianco’s seasons in Oxford.
So, what is Bjork known for? What made him attractive to the wealthiest athletic department in the country? Well, he raised a ton of money and built/revamped numerous facilities around the picturesque Ole Miss campus. Cranes and cash flow are the golden tickets these days, and Bjork oversaw his fair share of both. The Rebels built a new basketball arena, expanded Vaughn-Hemingway Stadium in 2016, added new video boards, and made additions to the baseball/softball facilities.
The real question we need the answer to is, how many questions into his introductory presser before someone asks Bjork about reinstating the A&M/Texas football game. We’ll set the over/under and 3. Feel free to play along at home.