Baylor officially introduced Mack Rhoades as its new athletic director while Barry Odom was on the main stage at SEC Media Days on Wednesday.
Odom discussed the news in Hoover, and shortly after, Missouri named Wren Baker as the interim athletic director.
“Mack Rhoades informed me in a conversation this morning that he has accepted the position of Vice President and Director of Athletics at Baylor University,” Chancellor Hank Foley said in a press release. “While I am disappointed for Mizzou, I am happy for Mack and his family. During our time working together, I’ve grown to admire and respect Mack’s leadership. He has moved the needle significantly and we are well-positioned moving forward.
“We will be launching a national search for our next Director of Athletics and details will follow in the coming days. I’ve asked Wren Baker to serve as our interim Director of Athletics upon Mack’s departure. Wren has been an AD at two institutions and has an impressive background and will bring stability to the athletic department. We have a remarkable tradition of success but our future is even brighter because of the support of the many alumni and friends of the University.”
Baker joined the Missouri staff in June 2015. For the past year, he’s served as Missouri’s deputy director of athletics, overseeing all external relations units and serving as the sport administrator for the men’s basketball program.
Rhoades began his time in Columbia during April 2015, and soon endured a tough 15 months, which included the football team suspending operations and threatening to boycott a game vs. BYU in support of hunger-striking student. The basketball team was also forced to assign harsh self-punishments, including a postseason ban last season.
“I met with Chancellor Foley this morning to inform him of my decision to accept the Vice President and Director of Athletics position at Baylor University,” Odom said. “While my family is excited to start this new chapter in our lives, we do so with great appreciation for our time at Mizzou. We’ve met many wonderful people and made lasting friendships. I believe the athletic department has a very bright future.
“I would also like to thank Chancellor Foley for his leadership the past few months. I have great respect and appreciation for his passion and integrity. I’m also most appreciative of our coaches and staff. Their commitment to providing the best experience for our student-athletes is second to none. Lastly, thank you to the alumni, donors, and fans. Your support of Mizzou is tremendous. The coaches, staff, and most importantly, the student-athletes are deserving of your continued support.”