Since arriving on campus in the spring of 2012 Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork has talked about running a department that focuses on student-athletes first.
Bjork touches on that in this excerpt from a story I’m working on for Friday’s Daily Journal. Here he responds to the question of criticism the administration has received for allowing Marshall Henderson to remain a part of the basketball program.
“We make decisions based on what is best for us, our institution and our programs, and that’s always using the student-athletes first. I don’t have a problem defending the fact that we are helping a young man through a difficult process. I am confident in the conversations we had relative to basketball and how those were treated with the highest integrity related to whether he would play again or not. Our focus is on what’s best for our program and what’s best for the young people in our program. That’s the decision process that we used.”
We also talked about what the school is doing to help Henderson beyond simply allowing him to remain in the program.
Bjork would not give specifics there but said other steps are being taken.