Rhoades introduced as Missouri AD at news conference

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, March 10 2015 Mar 10, 2015 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5:54:00 AM CDT March 10, 2015 in Mizzou Xtra
By: Nick Hehemann, KOMU 8 Reporter and Andrew Kauffman, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's incoming Athletic Director Mack Rhoades was in Columbia Tuesday afternoon, but did not get to work quite yet.

University of Missouri officials held a news conference at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the MU Student Center to officially introduce Rhoades. MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin helped introduce Rhoades with guests such as outgoing athletic director Mike Alden, football coach Gary Pinkel and wrestling coach Brian Smith in attendance. 

"I knew this was a great place, and I certainly look forward to taking it to the next level," Rhoades said.

He will begin his duties as athletic director in late April. Until then, outgoing athletic director Mike Alden will help Rhoades transition into the new job. 

"For the first several months, I'm going to do a lot of listening and a lot of learning and really formulate my own ideas and thoughts," Rhoades said.

He said he will meet individually with every staff member in the athletic department.

"I want to get to know them. I want to know, ‘Do they like what they're doing?'" Rhoades said.

Rhoades comes to Missouri from the University of Houston, where he spent six years as athletic director. He helped raise nearly $100 million and helped build $160 million worth of new facilities, including a $120 million football stadium.

"I really believe that institution [Houston] is right on the cusp of being a power five conference," Rhoades said.

Houston is a part of the American Athletic Conference. Rhoades will now have to transition into the Southeastern Conference.

"As we all know, this is the most competitive league in the entire country, and we're going to continue to work hard," Rhoades said. "I think I will transition very well, because certainly I've been engaged in it."

Rhoades has also served as the associate athletic director at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1998 before eventually becoming AD at the University of Akron.

Former Missouri football coach and current University of Texas at El Paso Bob Stull, who hired Rhoades at UTEP in 1998, said his former pupil was deserving of an opportunity like this.

"He's been the rising star," Stull said. "He's had other opportunities to go, quite frankly, but he's very bright and a great fundraiser. He's excellent with people."

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect new information from the news conference.]

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