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Director of Athletics Ross Bjork leaving Texas A&M for Ohio State University

January 16, 2024
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Headed to Columbus.

On Tuesday afternoon, it was confirmed that Texas A&M Director of Athletics Ross Bjork has been hired by Ohio State University in a similar role.

News that Bjork was among Ohio State's top targets was reported by ESPN's Pete Thamel on Monday.

“Ross Bjork has played a pivotal role in advancing Texas A&M University’s athletics programs and contributing to the overall success of our student-athletes," Texas A&M President Mark A. Welsh III said via a release. "We extend our heartfelt gratitude for the lasting impact he has had on our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the 12th Man. We wish him great success as he joins the tremendous leadership team at Ohio State University; they are lucky to have him and his family. All of us at Texas A&M are committed to maintaining the momentum of our athletics programs. A committee will be formed quickly to identify a new Director of Athletics, and I look forward to welcoming that leader to Aggieland as soon as possible.”

Bjork will succeed Gene Smith, who is retiring on June 30, 2024. Per Ohio State, Bjork's tenure in Columbus will officially begin on July 1.

Since his arrival in College Station in May of 2019, Bjork guided the A&M athletic department through the COVID-19 pandemic and helped launch the Centennial Campaign, a $120 million fundraising endeavor.

Bjork also helped A&M athletics bring in new coaches such as Mike Elko, Jim Schlossnagle, Joni Taylor, Trisha Ford and Gerrod Chadwell, as well as elevating Brian Kortan from interim status.

With Bjork moving to the Big Ten, Texas A&M now begins searching for its fifth athletic director since 2012.

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Director of Athletics Ross Bjork leaving Texas A&M for Ohio State University

14,603 Views | 30 Replies | Last: 5 mo ago by Townend87
Aggie1188
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Mark Stoops boy. Lol

He tried to push Stoops thru even after the backlash. Goodbye
Fanatic15...Drs2B!
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Save money and bring on the guy who we are already paying millions to each and every year...

James Fisher!
RaggedConverge
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Don't let the door hit you.
wlawhorn
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All that talk from Biork about how he wasn't the "latest AD" when he was announced in July 2019, apparently he was.
TAMUallen
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YES YES YES!!!
alamogeorge
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I respect his decision!!
"You may all go to hell, and I will go to Aggieland!" -Davy Crockett
lagoag
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Fisher and now Bjork are both gone. This really is fresh start. Here's to better times in Aggieland.
okieAg94
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Well, bye...
TheGreatEscape
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Good
Deus Vult
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See all you BAS insufferables, positive things do work out for the Aggies
Keith70Chevelle
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If you are going to leave, leave now
dreyOO
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Total putz always trying to grandstand. So long!
Townend87
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Buh Bye
Milwaukees Best Light
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Incompetent impotent putz. See the interview when they told him about the sips and the sec if you need more proof. Good bye. Hope Michigan bends you over every season.
Lurker44
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Wish I was his jacket size, I am sure he is selling off all those cool maroon blazers
Bill Superman
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Why are they just now forming a committee. The zoo knew about this weeks ago. The search should be well underway.
agcivengineer
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If he could talk Sharp into going with him, that would be a grand slam for aggieland!
redjalapeno-87
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I respect Bucknuts Bjork decision. Buh bye.
Hey Doc, my psoas is sore
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fightintxaggie10
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Please give Day an extension
sonnysixkiller
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Take that dolt john sharp with you.
Stone44
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So glad this pos is gone. I never trusted his fake bs loyalty.
Mule
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Torbush wow!

Texas Aggies
Canyon99
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Great day in Aggieland
Terk
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WC94
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Does it really matter who the AD is when it comes to football? We have the same problem as the Cowboys. BMA = Jerry Jones.

KenManAg
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What happens when agents are tied to folks on both sides of a decision. Whether its Ross or any other AD this practice needs to be stopped or at least have more scrutiny.
mustang1234
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agcivengineer said:

If he could talk Sharp into going with him, that would be a grand slam for aggieland!
Amen. that guy has been on the State payroll for years.
laruejd
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He leaves a football mess for someone else to clean up!
Townend87
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50/50 OSU Board approves the hire.
It would be poetic justice.
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