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Ross Bjork

Bjork elaborates on decision to let go of Wiggins

Not 12 months on the job and new Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork has already fired his first hire.

Monday, Bjork met with the media to elaborate on the university’s surprising decision to relieve Adrian Wiggins of his duties as women’s basketball head coach. (October 23, 2012, Page 6)

Bjork discusses Wiggins’ firing

VIDEO BLOG: Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork met with the media Monday to discuss the university’s decision to place women’s basketball head coach Adrian Wiggins on “administrative leave.”

(more…) (October 22, 2012)

Freeze addresses local media prior to beginning drills

BLOG: It’s not officially football season until Media Day has come and gone.

Well, as far as Ole Miss is concerned, today marked the start of the fall season when first-year head coach Hugh Freeze addressed the local media at the Indoor Practice Facility. (more…) (August 3, 2012)

Football recruiting is ever evolving

Recruiting isn’t what it used to be.
Sure, coaches are still scouring the country for the best available talent, but the way in which programs are going about evaluating recruits — and more specifically the way potential prospects are getting noticed — has changed drastically over the last 15 years thanks in part to the increased popularity of “elite camps” and 7-on-7 passing tournaments. (July 6, 2012, Page 6A)

Letters to the Editor

Rhea Tannehill writes to thank all of the businesses and individuals who have helped with the development of local recreational facilities, Will Hunt writes about the Downtown Council’s Happy Birthday Oxford Summer Fest dunk tank raising funds for the Barksdale Boys and Girls Club of Oxford, and Basil Richmond writes about the Historic Preservation Commission and how we have to do what is best for our town. (July 5, 2012, Page 4)

Ole Miss makes two new hires

In an effort to build on the foundation of Ole Miss’ external efforts, Athletics Director Ross Bjork has added a new multifaceted position in the administration, announcing Stephen Ponder as the Senior Executive Associate A.D. for External Relations. (more…) (June 25, 2012, Page 7)

Private funding getting more crucial in higher ed

The biggest challenge facing colleges and universities everywhere is simple: funding. Editor Don Whitten looks at how funding has changed over the years and shares some of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones’ insights on how private funding is becoming more important in higher education. (May 2, 2012, Page 4)

Wiggins ready to lead Lady Rebels

As new Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork noted before a near capacity crowd at the Basketball Practice Facility, he’s no longer the new guy on the block.

Wednesday, Adrian Wiggins was officially introduced as the next Lady Rebels women’s basketball coach.

Ole Miss initially approached Wiggins the day after Fresno State was selected to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament.

After tabling discussion until the Lady Bulldogs’ season was over, Wiggins said the courting process moved quickly. (March 29, 2012, Page 6)

Wiggins hired to lead Lady Rebels

Just days after Ole Miss unveiled its next athletics director the university announced it has also found its next women’s basketball coach.

Monday evening the university confirmed that Fresno State head coach Adrian Wiggins is leaving his current post and will be in charge of turning around a Lady Rebels program that finished last in the Southeastern Conference with a 2-14 league record. (March 27, 2012, Page 10)

AD search may be coming to a close

BLOG: According to various reports Ole Miss has found its next athletics director.

The Bowling Green Daily News is reporting that current Western Kentucky Athletics Director Ross Bjork will be named Pete Boone‘s successor. (more…) (March 20, 2012)

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