Ole Miss AD discusses protests and athletic program expectations

Ole Miss Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Ross Bjork addressed Rebel fans on the Coast regarding expectations for athletic programs, the recent protest, the concluded NCAA case and more.

There’s no such thing as a bad question, Ross Bjork kicked off the town hall meeting with this statement. When asked about the Ole Miss men’s basketball players kneeling during the anthem, Bjork stood firm in support of their decision. “Two hundred yards from where they were lining up for the National Anthem, we had people we did not want on our campus. We are proud of them. We are going to stand behind them. I think we can really unite people behind that message.”

During the meeting, Bjork discussed the state of the football program and Ole Miss Football Head Coach and Gulfport native Matt Luke. “The ‘Mississippi Made’ mantra that he has brought to the table, he’s lived it because he’s from here.”

Ole Miss fan Ray Matheny said, “Although we were 5-7, we are on the upswing. We had a great recruiting year. We got sanctions behind us.”

As the Rebels were playing during the meeting, it was only fitting to ask about expectations for the baseball program. “We want to get to Omaha. That’s the goal every year. We think we have the ingredients to get there and now we just need to go through the season and deliver.”

As the fans asked questions and expressed their concerns, Bjork tells News 25 the feedback is necessary in order to have success in all sports. “In order to be a relevant program, we need the Ole Miss family and let’s unite around the positive things.”

“Being an Ole Miss Rebel is the greatest experience in the entire world. If you have ever been to Oxford and attend the University of Mississippi, you know, it a special place and no one else in the world can say that.”

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