Report: Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork target for high-profile opening
Ross Bjork, who is knee-deep in the NCAA sanctions mess and searching for a new head football coach at Ole Miss, could be the main target for a premier job across the country.
Nebraska fired Athletics Director Shawn Eichorst last month and USA Today Sports has pegged Bjork as a candidate, according to industry insiders. USA Today reported that Bjork grew up and went to college nearby in Kansas and is one of the “superstar fundraisers in the business.”
One footnote is that Nebraska and Ole Miss have something in common: Turnkey Search firm was hired to handle both the Nebraska athletics director opening and the Ole Miss football coaching job. Interim head coach Matt Luke currently has a 2-2 record on the season and just got beat by Alabama by a score of 66-3.
Before the Nebraska hire is made, Bjork meanwhile is facing NCAA enforcers who have lodged 21 alleged football violations, 15 considered Level 1, and a lack of institutional control charge. The case against Ole Miss has already been heard by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions with a decision expected to come within a few weeks.
USA TODAY writer Dan Wolken pointed out that Bjork didn’t hire Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss, and it’s widely known that the support to keep Freeze until his phone records revealed phone calls to sexually suggestive businesses came from above Bjork’s head.