Missouri Tigers Athletic Director Mack Rhodes to Depart for Baylor


After a tenure of just 14 months at Mizzou, reports indicate that athletic director Mack Rhodes has decided to become the next AD at Baylor University.

According to a report on Wednesday afternoon from Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com, Missouri Tigers athletic director Mack Rhodes is leaving the university to become the next athletic director at Baylor, a school that lost its AD of the past 13 years, Ian McCaw, when he resigned in the wake of the highly-publicized sexual assault scandal at the university. Rhodes has been at Mizzou for just 14 months, having replaced Mike Alden in April of 2015.

Considering the events that occurred under Rhodes’ watch, it’s easy to argue that he was the worst athletic director in school history. 2015 was a terrible year in all facets for the football program, as they had to deal with the suspension and eventual dismissal of starting quarterback Maty Mauk, a controversy surrounding unfair treatment of minority students at the university that led to a temporary walk-out by the entire team, and the departure of head coach Gary Pinkel. The fact that the team went 5-7 wasn’t exactly encouraging, either.

Pinkel, a veteran of 15 years at Mizzou, was replaced by his defensive coordinator, Barry Odom.

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The hire appeared to be popular at its outset, but it ultimately led to Odom having to hire nearly an entire new coaching staff due to strained relations from both parties with existing members of Pinkel’s staff.

On the basketball side, coach Kim Anderson led the Tigers to a 10-21 record and saw the departure of all five players from his first recruiting class. In a rather surprising turn of events, Rhodes decided to stick with Anderson for another year. And just last month, Rhodes decided to part ways with baseball coach Tim Jamieson, who had been at the school for the past 28 years.

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According to DeArmond, there is no information available yet about Mizzou’s plans to replace Rhodes.