Ole Miss AD talks NCAA case, coaching search with media
Ole Miss held a media availability on Monday, and that included an opportunity for reporters to ask athletic director Ross Bjork more questions about the latest on the NCAA case and how he’ll conduct for the next full-time Rebels head coach.
Many have wondered if Freeze’s resignation will have any impact on the NCAA investigation and the football program’s various violations. Bjork was unsure, but said the school will strategize on how to best present itself now that Freeze is no longer part of the program.
“It’s hard to say,” Bjork said per Scout.com. “I believe that the facts speak for themselves. We believe that we have well documented in our response how we collectively ran the program along with Hugh Freeze.
“You can’t take that away from us. Those are documented facts. We’re going to stick to that. We’re going to stick to our response. And obviously over the course between now and the time we go to our hearing, we’re going to strategize and make sure we put the university in the best position.”
The college football community will be watching to see what path Ole Miss takes in replacing Freeze. Bjork had an interesting response when asked what he’ll be looking for in the next coach.
“The first thing is character. That’s what we’re going to be looking for, is character,” he said. “Are they a leader of men? Can they inspire? Can they coach at the highest level? Obviously we’re in the SEC West, so that means you better bring it every day. That’s what we’re going to be looking for as we move forward.”
Interim coach Matt Luke will get his chance to show Bjork he has that kind of character to lead the Rebels.
“I think Matt Luke is going to be a great candidate for our job,” Bjork said. “We’re going to watch him up close and personal. He and I will interact on a daily basis. We’re going to have a chance to see him run this team and interact with the team and run recruiting. He’ll have a great dance floor for this opportunity on a full-time basis.”
More from the Ole Miss athletic director can be found here.