Thursday, May 3, 2012
Has the Big 12 found its new commissioner?
By David Ubben
The Big 12 is closing in on its permanent replacement for former commissioner Dan Beebe.
The conference has offered its commissioner's job to Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby, multiple conference and industry sources told ESPN.com Wednesday night. Bowlsby is expected to accept the offer, sources said.
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.
The Big 12 fired Dan Beebe as its commissioner last fall and replaced him with temporary replacement Chuck Neinas. He helped guide the Big 12 through the loss of Missouri and Texas A&M, as well as inviting TCU and West Virginia to join and give the league 10 members.
Bowlsby was Iowa's athletic director from 1991-2006 before taking over at Stanford.
For more on the story from Andy Katz, go here.