Ole Miss’ search to find the next person to lead the athletics department is finally over. After searching for Pete Boone’s replacement since he announced his decision to step aside as AD last November, Ole Miss officially hired Western Kentucky Athletics Director Ross Bjork to the same position today. He is expected to be introduced at a press conference Thursday.
According to a release from Ole Miss, Bjork will take over in mid-April. A committee led by former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and FedEx executive Mike Glenn helped recommend Bjork to Chancellor Dan Jones. (March 21, 2012, Page 6)
BLOG: According to various reports Ole Miss has found its next athletics director.
For Joe Walker, family comes first. After three decades of developing national champions for the Ole Miss Track and Field program, Walker will step away following the 2012 season with plans to join his oldest son, Joe III, on the Louisville track staff. (February 29, 2012, Page 6)
There will be lots of news coming out about who the next Ole Miss football coach will, or might, be. Editor Don Whitten recalls a time during his sports writing days when coaching searches were very open and even involved interviews with the media. (November 28, 2011, Page 4A)
VIDEO BLOG: Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone and Dan Jones both talk about the decision to not retain Houston Nutt as the program’s head coach after this season. (more…) (November 9, 2011)
Monday’s weekly press conference for Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt had a much bigger audience than normal. Instead of questions about the Rebels’ next opponent, Louisiana Tech, Nutt gave an opening statement about his four years at Ole Miss and then took questions on why he thought he was not being retained as the program’s coach.
Nutt said the administration’s decision to let him go as head coach Sunday night boiled down to wins and losses. Nutt, who started his career in Oxford with back-to-back trips to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, said he understood the decision and why Monday’s press conference was called in the first place. (November 8, 2011, Page 8)
This was a man who filled up the Gertrude Ford Performing Arts Center on campus to hold his introductory press conference with media and fans. This was a man who could have been elected mayor after leading the Rebels to back-to-back Cotton Bowl wins in his first two seasons. He was the choice of so many fans when he was hired. He was the man with head coaching experience that everyone was clamoring for. (more…) (November 8, 2011, Page 8)
The Ole Miss athletics director appears to have been telling the truth.
On Monday, Boone reaffirmed his statement by announcing that he plans to step aside as athletics director no later than Dec. 2012. (November 8, 2011, Page 8)
All of the smoke surrounding the Ole Miss football program flamed up big-time Monday with the announcement that Houston Nutt will end his coaching career here this season. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the past and future of the program, which will soon have its fourth head coach in a decade, and writes that a long-term commitment is essential for success for the Rebels. (November 8, 2011, Page 4)
BLOG: It appears Houston Nutt‘s tenure as Ole Miss’ head coach has come to an end. (more…) (November 7, 2011)