FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 10: Texas Christian University sophomore Zach Boring (L), and freshman Laura Dunn raise a Big XII Conference banner before a press conference in which TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big XII on October 10, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

Ex-Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby Introduced As New Big 12 Commissioner

Former Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby was announced as the new Big 12 Commissioner in a press conference Friday morning.

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Bob Bowlsby Officially Announced As Big 12 Commissioner

First, the tease:

At that point, there wasn't much mystery as to what the press conference was about. By then, multiple outlets had reported Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby had accepted an offer to become the Big 12 commissioner.

However, now it's all official and such. To the press release!

Bowlsby will begin his duties June 15, succeeding Acting Commissioner Chuck Neinas. "All of the institutions of the Big 12 want to recognize Chuck's great contributions as acting commissioner, helping us during a challenging time and providing a stabilizing force to lead us to today's announcement," said President Hargis. "We cannot thank him enough for his efforts."

Bowlsby will be introduced to the world on Friday at 11 a.m. ET. The press conference will be streamed live over at the Big 12 website, for those interested in such a thing.


Bob Bowlsby Leaving Stanford To Become Big 12 Commissioner

Stanford Cardinal athletic director Bob Bowlsby is leaving his post to replace interim Chuck Neinas as the commissioner of the Big 12, according to multiple outlets from both sides of the equation. Jon Wilner of the Mercury News reports Bowlsby has informed his Stanford staff he's gone at a Thursday morning meeting.

Before arriving at Stanford, Bowlsby was the Iowa Hawkeyes AD from 1991 to 2005. He's also been involved with the NCAA Tournament and the Summer Olympics. As for how he'll do in charge of one of the nation's squirreliest conferences, we can only look to how he's done in his past ventures. Wilner sums up the Bowlsby era at Stanford as such:

He worked wonders with the football program because he was allowed to.

I've addressed this numerous times in the past, but it's worth repeating: Stanford's recent football success is based on an institutional commitment to winning that did not exist before Bowlsby arrived.

Bowlsby was hired to implement the change, and he did it marvelously: hiring Harbaugh and Shaw, increasing the salary pool for assistants, pushing for reasonably-priced, on-campus staff housing, working with admissions to get everyone on the same page, bolstering recruiting resources, etc.

How do you think that relates to what he'll face in the modern Big 12?

For more on Cardinal football, visit Stanford blog Rule Of Tree, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Bay Area.


Bob Bowlsby Set To Take Big 12 Commissioner Job, According To Report

Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby has been offered the Big 12 commissioner job, according to a report by ESPN's Andy Katz on Wednesday night. The Big 12 has been searching for a commissioner after Dan Beebe made his exit and Chuck Neinas was given the interim tag.

From the report:

Bowlsby was in Phoenix the past few days as the Big 12 and Pac 12 meetings overlapped. Bowlsby has a strong relationship with Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott. Bowlsby was on the search committee that discovered Scott, with the aid of search firm executive Jed Hughes who has handled both searches for the Big 12 and Pac 12 commissioner's jobs. Hughes was at a different firm for the Pac 12 search firm than he is for the Big 12 search.

Bowlsby has been highly respected by his Pac 12 colleagues, and sources said he had a strong endorsement from Scott.

Katz goes on to say that Bowlsby would immediately be held in such high regard as Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and SEC commissioner Mike Slive -- all of whom are highly regarded and wield plenty of power in college football. For the Big 12, it would be a huge shift -- just a short time ago, the conference nearly fell apart and has been battling to stay together ever since.

Later, Bryan Fischer reported Bowlsby had accepted the offer and will be officially name the Big 12 commissioner on Friday.

After a thorough and successful search, the Big 12 can pat itself on the back. From all indications, Bowlsby is a star, and should push the conference he presides over going forward.


Oklahoma Announces Six-Year Big 12 Reform, Chuck Neinas As Interim Commish

At a Thursday night press conference, University of Oklahoma president David Boren ran through a series of reforms meant to keep the Big 12 conference intact. The most important: the conference has a six-year media rights agreement. Under such a deal, if a school leaves, the conference will retain that school's Tier 1 and Tier 2 media rights until the end of the six-year period.

(That means the Big 12 would continue to get the national or regional television money for the school's football and basketball games. This still would allow the Texas Longhorns to keep the Longhorn Network.)

Boren also announced the Big 12 is looking to expand, "reactivating" its expansion committee. He pointed out Oklahoma gets to remain in a "geographically contiguous" conference that will be better for students and the families of athletes. His bit on a healthy heartland conference being good for America ... that might sound corny and like the kind of thing school presidents say when it concerns the interests of their own schools, but I totally agree with him.

Oh, and that Chuck Neinas will be the new interim commissioner. Boren endeavored to compliment outgoing commissioner Dan Beebe ("decent human being") and noted Neinas recommended "over half of the sitting athletic directors" in the Big 12.

That six-year agreement is significant, because if Texas and Oklahoma actually are happy with the media money coming into the conference, the entire house of cards could actually stand. As Stewart Mandel pointed out, it's "more ironclad than an exit fee." Oklahoma might not actually be happy at all, and could still just be putting the best face on its current situation. That's fine.

For more, stop by Oklahoma Sooners blog Crimson And Cream Machine and Texas Longhorns blog Burnt Orange Nation.

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