• Amid historic Athletics success, Baylor AD signs new 10-year contract

    Mack Rhoades and Linda Livingstone amidst a confetti celebration

    Since Mack Rhoades took the reins as BU’s director of athletics in 2016, Baylor has:

    • Won 6 national championships and 24 Big 12 titles;
    • Become the first Big 12 school to win the football, men’s & women’s basketball regular-season titles in the same year;
    • Become the first Power Five school to sweep its conference basketball regular-season titles in back-to-back years;
    • Seen its student-athletes lead the Big 12 in Graduation Success Rate every year; and
    • Laid the groundwork for major new athletic facilities such as the Foster Pavilion and Fudge Football Development Center.

    Based on such success, it’s no surprise that Baylor wanted to keep things rolling under Rhoades — and a new 10-year contract, announced earlier this week, should do just that.

    “Mack’s leadership has been nationally recognized over the past five-and-a-half years, and his name has been connected to several opportunities as of late,” President Linda Livingstone said in the release. “This new contract reaffirms that Baylor is where he wants to finish his career and continue the work on our four Athletics pillars. We look forward to Mack’s continued success leading Baylor Athletics over the next decade.”

    “I’m honored to lead Baylor Athletics because of what we stand for and how we do it,” Rhoades told SicEm365. “We’re never going to compromise that. I believe that Baylor’s best years are still ahead of us. I don’t say that because I want to wish it true; I say it because I really, really believe it.”

    The next decade could be an interesting one for Baylor and the Big 12, as UT and OU leave, four new schools join the conference, and the conference’s national TV contracts come up for negotiations. It’s reassuring to know we have someone who’s led such success at the wheel for Baylor athletics.

    Sic ’em, Mack Rhoades!