Big news occurred Thursday evening in the Southeastern Conference as Texas A&M filled its open athletic director position by poaching Ross Bjork from Ole Miss.
Bjork had previously served as AD at Ole Miss dating back to 2012. While he did not hire Hugh Freeze, Bjork’s legacy to date in many SEC circles is the connection the administrator has with an Ole Miss football program that has been accused and found guilty of several NCAA violations. He also defended Freeze for years up until information was publicly released that left the school no option but to separate itself from its football coach.
Following the dismissal of Freeze, Bjork hired Matt Luke to lead the Ole Miss program.
Now that he’s been hired in College Station, Bjork released the following statement via Texas A&M:
“I am so honored to accept this position and look forward to greeting coaches, staff and the entire 12th Man. I remember visits to Kyle Field even before its massive renovation, being enthralled with the whole environment. I love leadership lessons, especially in military history; The Corps of Cadets – the “Keepers of the Spirit” – are also a wonderful draw to the university. I will always aspire to live up to the core values that the university holds dear, and to compete for and win championships.”
To no surprise, some of the initial reaction to the news resulted in jokes regarding NCAA issues Ole Miss had under Bjork’s watch:
I guess we are headed to College Station. Our work in Oxford is done. 😎
— NCAA Infractions Hotline (@HotlineNcaa) May 24, 2019
All the recruiting violations, coaches infractions recently at ole Miss happened on his watch… He'll fit right in
— NorthTexas Hook'em (@Fully_Hydrated_) May 24, 2019
However, the main reaction from Ole Miss fans appears to be jubilation that Bjork was leaving the school for Texas A&M:
Thank you Aggies! We owe you for getting him the hell out of Oxford! pic.twitter.com/QBpFcnfW5q
— GeorgiaRebel (@bigbobcheatham) May 24, 2019
Thank you, Aggies. You did us a huge favor. 👍
— The Afternoon Fireworks (@TheThirdQuarter) May 24, 2019
— B (@texrebs) May 24, 2019
— Joe (@JoeHeisman) May 24, 2019
— OOHMMY MarilynMonroe (@oohmmy) May 24, 2019
Good riddance-I, like most OM fans, need a clean slate. I'll never be able to forgive him for the "exemplary cooperation" approach with the NCAA – I'll just never get over that as long as he was still AD
— Brooks Odom (@brooksodom) May 24, 2019