A person familiar with the decision says Western Kentucky's Ross
Bjork has agreed to become Mississippi's next athletic director.
The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition
of anonymity because neither school had announced the hiring. The
39-year-old Bjork has been the athletic director at Western
Kentucky since March 2010 and has also worked in the athletic
departments at UCLA, Miami and Missouri.
The Dodge City, Kan., native will take over for Pete Boone, who
has announced his retirement effective later this year after more
than 13 years as Mississippi's AD.
One of Bjork's challenges will be helping rebuild Mississippi's
football program. The Rebels finished 2-10 last season, 0-8 in the
Southeastern Conference. Fourth-year football coach Houston Nutt
was fired and Hugh Freeze replaced him in December.