The University of Missouri released statements on Wednesday afternoon from former athletics director Mack Rhoades, who is moving on to take a similar position at Baylor University, and Missouri's interim chancellor Hank Foley.
Statement from Rhoades:
"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. 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."
Statement from Chancellor Foley:
"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. 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."
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