Plenty of opportunities are being thrown around to become the next athletic director for USC following the resignation of Mike Bohn. Stewart Mandel of The Athletic mentioned a few names, some of which we have already discussed:
“If it’s more important to have someone with Big Ten or SEC experience, there’s Pat Chun from Washington State, who spent 15 years at Ohio State; Ross Bjork of Texas A&M, who spent five years at UCLA; or Pitt’s Heather Lyke, who spent 15 years at Ohio State,” Mandel wrote.
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Pat Chun and Heather Lyke are figures we’ve already explored, and both have SEC or Big Ten experience, which feels like a necessity as USC moves into the Big Ten in 2024.
However, a surprising name here is Ross Bjork of Texas A&M, who was mentioned by Mandel. Scott Schrader of On3 has also listed Bjork as a candidate, so there’s some serious buzz about this one.
Bjork spent time as an AD at both the University of Mississippi and Western Kentucky University, and he was even the youngest FBS AD when he was hired by Western Kentucky in 2010.
Bjork was with Ole Miss during the Hugh Freeze drama. He recently got a ton of backlash for giving Jimbo Fisher an extension despite having a bad year in College Station. But maybe a fresh start makes sense for both parties.
Real talk, though: This would be more of a fresh start for Bjork, less one for USC.
This is not someone the Trojans should be chasing.