Entering Thursday, Texas A&M did not have a full-time AD, although former head coach RC Slocum was serving as interim AD in College Station. Entering Friday, Ole Miss is the one without an AD.
After being on the job in Oxford dating back to 2012, Ross Bjork decided to leave Ole Miss for Texas A&M.
Following the news, Ole Miss issued the following statements, including one from Bjork himself.
Statement from Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks:
“Ross has been an outstanding leader of Ole Miss Athletics. Our programs and our university are stronger for his service to Rebel Nation. Under Ross’s direction, we won SEC and national championships and improved our athletics facilities significantly while, at the same time, our student-athletes have achieved unprecedented success in the classroom. I’ve enjoyed working with Ross a great deal, and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
Statement from Ross Bjork:
“We will forever cherish our time at Ole Miss and in Oxford. I want to thank Dan Jones, Archie Manning and Mike Glenn for giving me the opportunity to be an Ole Miss Rebel in 2012. I am proud of the athletics accomplishments and the infrastructure improvements we were able to achieve during the last seven years, but I am most proud of our student-athletes. They always believed they could achieve greatness in the classroom, and now Ole Miss Athletics has the highest grade point average, graduation rates and APR scores in the history of the program. Despite some challenges along the way, Ole Miss is a great place, and I appreciate all of the support that every Chancellor has provided and especially my strong relationship with Larry Sparks. We have built lifelong friendships and will always revere our time as Rebels.”