Neinas: New Big 12 commish hired by July 1

February, 22, 2012
2/22/12
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DALLAS -- Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas will leave his post by July 1, he told ESPN.com on Wednesday at the college football commissioners' meetings.

"I’ve agreed to remain on until the end of June," Neinas said, "so I’m fully confident they’ll have a new commissioner to be on board the first of July, and probably earlier."

He'll help find his replacement, too.

Neinas helped numerous Big 12 programs hire coaches in various sports with his search firm, Neinas Sports Services. The Big 12's search committee to find his replacement offered Neinas a spot to serve as an advisor for the group, which is led by Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis. Neinas accepted the offer.

"They are in the process of retaining a search firm," Neinas said.

More on this story here.

West Virginia and TCU will officially join the Big 12 on July 1.

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