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.
A source has confirmed that Bob Bowlsby has accepted and will become the Big 12 commissioner. Press conference on Friday.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) May 3, 2012
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.