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Missouri chancellor R. Bowen Loftin will resign at end of 2015

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The fallout at the University of Missouri continued Monday evening with the announcement from Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin he will resign from his position effective at the end of the year. Loftin’s resignation comes hours after University of Missouri System president Tim Wolfe resigned from his position amid backlash from students at the University of Missouri regarding his handling of various race-related incidents on the campus.

Loftin had also come under pressure to step down from his post. On Monday, nine University of Missouri deans submitted a letter calling for Loftin’s resignation during a Board of Curators meeting that was rushed together on Monday morning. Loftin also received a vote of no-confidence from 26 members of the university’s English department. Criticisms of Loftin have ranged from handling of graduate student rights and the university’s relationship with Planned Parenthood, according to KOMU in Missouri.

Loftin was previously the chancellor at Texas A&M as the university switched conference affiliations between the Big 12 and SEC. He took on the same role at Missouri, who came to the SEC from the Big 12 with the Aggies, in February 2014.

Missouri hires search firm to assist in new AD hire

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As Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin prepares for the process to hire a new athletic director, he’ll get some help from one of the world’s preeminent search firms.

Long-time athletic director Mike Alden decided he will step down on Aug. 31 after 17 years at the University of Missouri.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Dave Matter acquired a copy of the contract between the university and Korn Ferry International and laid out the details.

According to the terms of the contract, Korn Ferry’s fees are non-contingent and nonrefundable and are equal to one-third of the total first year’s estimated compensation for the AD position Missouri fills, which includes base salary, estimated or guaranteed incentive bonus, sign-on bonus and equity compensation. The parties agreed to an initial retainer fee of $75,000, to be billed in three installments. After the search, the parties will reconcile any outstanding fees. The firm is also reimbursed for all administrative support and research services, which are billed at 8 percent. The firm’s final fee, including all fees, will be capped at $200,000, according to the contract.

Korn Ferry’s Global Sports Practice recently helped in the hires of Jim Harbaugh to Michigan, Jim McElwain to Florida and Dan Quinn to the Atlanta Falcons.

According to Matter, some of the potential candidates for the position are Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades, Texas A&M senior associate athletic director Jason Cook, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork, Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock and Missouri deputy athletic director Doug Gillin.

Report: Texas A&M crushes idea of reviving series with Texas

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Despite a glimmer of optimism shared Wednesday, Texas A&M has squashed the idea of a potential revival of the rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M.

The buzz started with a tweet by Kirk Bohls of Austin American-Statesman, who tweeted he was hearing from sources close to the Longhorns the potential was there for a possible series renewal against the longtime instate rival Aggies.

Bohls also reported via Twitter that new Texas AD Steve Patterson did not discuss the possible future of a series with Texas A&M during the interview process, although he had previously discussed a potential game or series with Texas A&M while employed by Arizona State. After that news had started to spread, Texas A&M made things a bit more definitive by getting the word out it will no longer be an option to play in the regular season.

As reported by San Antonio Express News, Texas A&M senior associate athletic director Jason Cook says the Aggies says “We hope to play them again in a BCS or playoff game at some point.” Considering Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin has previously said Texas A&M would welcome a chance to play Texas in a non-conference match-up, this is a change in philosophy as the two schools grow farther and farther apart since Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC two years ago.

Judging by reactions from fans of both schools, the opinion seems to be mutual with neither fan base clamoring for the series to be revived. Perhaps it is bitterness on both sides to an extent, but fans of both schools seem to feel satisfied not having the rivalry there any more.

I’m not a fan of either school so consider this an unbiased opinion, but I hope one day we do see Texas and Texas A&M back on the same field in the regular season. It just doesn’t feel right not seeing them play annually. But my oh my, when the day does come the two cross paths in a postseason game, it is going to be a whole lot of fun.