The University of Arizona is expected to hire Missouri athletic director Desireé Reed-Francois as the school’s next AD. The story was first reported by Pete Thamel of ESPN. Reed-Francois is expected to agree to a five-year deal. After spending less than three years in Columbia, Reed-Francois leaves to take over an Arizona athletic department, which has had recent financial struggles.

According to Mizzou Athletics: Among her early successes are the construction of the Stephens Indoor Practice Facility for football; the hiring of Dennis Gates, Dawn Sullivan – head volleyball coach, Kerrick Jackson – head baseball coach, Bianca Turati – head tennis coach, Glen Millican – head men’s golf coach and Caroline Westrup – head women’s golf coach;, dozens of enhancements to the game-day fan experience; the implementation of Black & Gold Fridays across the state; a 152% growth in Tiger Scholarship Fund membership.