Good Friday morning, all. By now we are well aware that Texas A&M has hired Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork to permanently fill the same position in College Station. Wow, great! We’ve got a seasoned SEC AD at the helm and a couple brand-new big-name coaches in place. Time to hit cruise control.
So who the heck is Ross Bjork? Here’s a simple primer:
Where has this guy AD’d before this?
Bjork was AD at Ole Miss starting in 2012. Before that his first AD gig was at Western Kentucky from 2010-2012. He served in associate or assistant AD roles at UCLA, Missouri, and Miami before that.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
- bicycle/tricycle safety
- looking real surprised
- lots more, probably
- none, he is at Texas A&M now
Is he related to the Icelandic singer/songwriter Björk?
There are no indications on his Wikipedia page that he is, in fact, related to the legendary pop star. However, nowhere does it explicitly state that he is not, either.
What is his favorite Björk album, and why?
Hmmm, tough call. Although a huge fan of the inaugural Debut album, he would probably have to say 2001’s Vespertine overall. It does such a great job of capturing a lot of the post-modern and gritty angst that accompanied so much of the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe over the tail end of the 20th century.
How many times has he seen Björk perform?
Sources may claim that Ross Bjork has seen Björk in concert no fewer than 38 times over the past 20 years.
What is his favorite thing about Björk’s music?
He would probably have to say it’s her immensely creative approach and willingness to incorporate so many different genres of music in her work. He admires her vision and free-spiritedness; her ability to craft something unique and larger-than-life out of a collecting of mundane, simplistic elements. Much like the 2014-2015 Ole Miss football squads.
Does Ross Bjork intend to honor Björk by wearing a swan dress in his capacity as AD at any point?
Far too early to tell, but the Coach’s Night schedule is really ramping up. Worth keeping an eye on