After the departure of Lynn Swann this week, USC is looking for a new athletic director. It’s an attractive job for obvious reasons, but one person who isn’t going to be heading to Southern California any time soon is Baylor athletic directo Mack Rhoades.
Rhoades joined ESPN 1660 on Tuesday and confirmed to David Smoak and Paul Catalina, “I am grateful other institutions recognize what we’ve accomplished here at Baylor and I mean we because it’s a group effort. But, my family and I are 100% committed to staying here at Baylor.”
#Baylor's Mack Rhoades just told us on @1660ESPN he is not a candidate and won't be the for job opening at @USC_Athletics. @BaylorAthletics #CFB #NCAA His name was mentioned as a possible candidate by @PeteThamel on Monday after Lynn Swann's resignation. https://t.co/Y3dmIYKevJ— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) September 10, 2019
You can listen to the entire interview here.
Rhoades took over the athletic program as it was going through hell following the football scandal. He joined Baylor from the University of Missouri, where he spent the previous year (2015-16), and he previously served in similar capacities at the University of Houston (2009-15) and the University of Akron (2006-09).
Rhoades hired Matt Rhule, which continues to look like a home run for the Bears. Also, he was a leader in Baylor’s announcement of a new basketball venue has assisted University leadership in a campus-wide effort to structurally complete 105 recommendations related to Title IX and student safety.
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