Mizzou’s ‘business as usual’ ends with Reed-Francois’ arrival | Mizzou Sports News

That’s where Reed-Francois enters the scene. Choi and his search committee started with 30 potential candidates and trimmed that list to eight, then four then the two they interviewed in-person Sunday in St. Louis. Memphis’ AD Laird Veatch, a former MU administrator, was the other finalist, sources have said. After meeting with Reed-Francois, Choi was sold.

“She has the vision, the experience and the tough-mindedness that we need,” he said. “She’s gonna be making some deep but necessary changes.”

Coincidentally, Reed-Francois and her family, husband Josh and son Jackson, were just in Columbia in June visiting the campus. Jackson plans to enroll in the Missouri School of Journalism in 2022 and join Cuonzo Martin’s basketball team as a walk-on.

She has a head start with both coaches.

Drinkwitz hosted the family on a tour of the new football facility, not knowing she’d be his boss two months later. On Wednesday, she noted the football coach’s “infectious energy.”

In 2011, Reed-Francois headed the search committee at Tennessee when the Volunteers hired Martin as head coach.

Now, her success at Mizzou will be measured in part by their teams’ success. First, though, Reed-Francois said she plans to get to know MU’s administration, her coaches and athletes, then dig into the department with a thorough SWOT analysis, looking closely at MU’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.