Dan Beebe has resigned as Big 12 commissioner, according to a report on Thursday evening. Beebe had come under fire as the Big 12 struggled to survive this wave of conference expansion, and his resignation was reportedly a condition of Oklahoma's continued support of the conference.
The news comes from Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News
Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has tendered his resignation, a source familiar with the process said. Beebe had been commissioner since 2007.
While no official announcement has been made, Chuck Neinas will reportedly take over as Big 12 commissioner. Numerous Big 12 schools are holding press conferences on Thursday night, perhaps to champion the new reforms that they hope will keep the conference together in the long-term.
It was just over a year ago that Beebe "saved" the Big 12 from the last wave of conference expansion, though looking back his moves may have left the league on shaky ground. In an effort to keep Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma in the Big 12, Beebe engineered an incentives package that would give the three schools more revenue than the rest of the conference's members, creating dissent in the membership.
Whether Beebe's resignation allows the Big 12 to survive in the long-term, however, remains to be seen.
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