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If I'm making this hire, I call Ross Bjork and gauge his interest. Yes, he's at Texas A&M, one of the most powerful programs in college sports with more resources than anyone. But there's a lot of drama on that campus and a lot of folks who want to be the boss. He's a Midwestern guy (from Kansas). His wife Sonya is from Dexter, Missouri. He learned the industry from Mike Alden. He knows the fan base. He knows the state. He's been at big-time schools: UCLA, Miami, Ole Miss, A&M. He also makes a lot of $. About $1.2 million.
Bjork would register as the big swing Mizzou wants to take.
I've poked around. There's a time when Bjork would have walked to Columbia to take over here. But in 2021, he's a long shot. It's hard to walk away from his situation at A&M. Plus, does Mizzou have the cash to essentially double what they were paying Sterk? There's more money on its way with SEC expansion, but keep in mind, if Drinkwitz is the guy you think/hope he is, at some point you'll have to pay him more than $4 million.
From there, there's a lot to like about Shane Lyons, BenFred's choice. Wren Baker would do an outstanding job at Mizzou. He'd supply the morale boost the department needs. He'd raise money and find ways to tap into new revenue sources. He's also paid highly enough, sharp enough and young enough (42) to be choosy with his next job.
Mark Alnutt would be a strong candidate - not based on his MU ties but based on the job he's done at Buffalo. He's going to have a good P5 job sooner than later.