Ross Bjork releases first statement as AD of Ohio State Buckeyes

Ross Bjork releases first statement as AD of Ohio State Buckeyes

Ross Bjork officially became the new athletic director of the Ohio State Buckeyes on Monday, and he’s excited to get started.

Bjork released his first statement after taking up his new role and promised to further develop the already great athletics program.

It was originally announced that Bjork would take over the job in January.

Bjork will replace Gene Smith, who has been Ohio State’s athletic director since 2005. Smith announced his retirement last year. Sunday was his last day.

This is not the first time that Björk has participated in a rodeo.

The 51-year-old comes to the Buckeyes after spending the last five years as Texas A&M’s AD. It is also Bjork’s fourth athletic director job overall, as he also served as AD for Western Kentucky (2010-12) and Ole Miss (2012-19).

Bjork has certainly experienced success in the past. He transformed Western Kentucky into a respectable mid-major program, Mississippi won three bowl games under his leadership and Texas A&M posted a pair of bowl wins and one 9-1 campaign with Bjork at the helm.

Ohio State is obviously another level.

While Ole Miss and Texas A&M are certainly impressive programs, the Buckeyes are one of the best football schools in the country and will represent a new challenge for Bjork.

He also has some very big shoes to fill, as Smith has done a fantastic job in the nearly two decades he spent in Columbus.

We’ll see if Bjork can live up to Ohio State’s sky-high standard.