BJORK

In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Mississippi athletic director Ross Bjork speaks at a news conference in Oxford, Miss.

Texas A&M will announce Ole Miss’ Ross Bjork as its athletic director on Friday, according to a source.

The 46-year-old Bjork, who has been at Ole Miss since 2012, will replace Scott Woodward who left for LSU last month after being at A&M since January 2016. The hire was first reported early Thursday night by the Dallas Morning News’ Ben Baby.

Bjork has a reputation for fundraising, making great hires, and handling tough situations.

Bjork helped the school raise millions to renovate Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and build The Pavilion which opened in 2016 for the basketball programs.

Bjork was lauded by his bosses for helping Ole Miss recover from the roller-coaster regime of football coach Hugh Freeze under which the Rebels had great success but they also received NCAA sanctions for a lack of constitutional control. Freeze eventually was fired in 2016 for violating a morals clause in his contract.

Along with Bjork promoting Ole Miss grad Matt Luke to replace Freeze,  hired former men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis Jr.

Bjork received a contract extension in 2016 that paid him $650,000  per year with $100,000 academic and on-the-field performance incentives. He also changed his title from AD to vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics at the university.

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