After fewer than 15 months as athletic director, Mack Rhoades is leaving the University of Missouri to take the same position at Baylor University, which has been rocked by a sexual assault scandal that recently cost the Big 12 Conference school its football coach, athletic director and president.
The University of Missouri has experienced a tumultuous year as well, with turnover at the top after unrest on the Columbia campus that included a boycott threat by the football team.
Missouri interim chancellor Hank Foley plans to hold a national search for Rhoades’ replacement. For now, deputy athletics director Wren Baker will serve as interim AD. Baker, who came to MU last year from the University of Memphis, could emerge as a candidate as the long-term successor. Baker previously served as AD at Northwest Missouri State and Rogers State University.
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