Thursday, May 3, 2012

AP Source: Stanford AD Bowlsby offered Big 12 commissioner job


— A person with knowledge of the search says Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby has been offered the Big 12 commissioner job to replace the ousted Dan Beebe.

The person confirmed Wednesday night that Bowlsby had received the offer after ESPN first reported the news. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the offer weren’t made public.

Bowlsby is a nationally respected college administrator in his sixth full season at Stanford. He was hired away from Iowa in 2006, following 15 years running the Hawkeyes’ athletic department. Stanford’s rigorous academic standards present unique circumstances, and Bowlsby has shined and helped oversee the transformation of the football program back into a national power.

Beebe was fired in September 2011 and replaced on an interim basis by Chuck Neinas.


James Naismith 1 year, 11 months ago

He should have to sit out a year.


RJ King 1 year, 11 months ago

Bowlsby worked closely with Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott in shaping the conferences' groundbreaking multimedia rights agreement that will extend through 2023.


Krohnutz 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey, final thought here though:

I'm glad we decided to hire somebody with credibility, past performance, and some connections, instead of hiring a Texas goon that has been their pony boy since he investigating SMU back in the 80's.

RIP Dan.


Krohnutz 1 year, 11 months ago

So I am hearing that a four-team playoff is inevitable, starting after the 2014 season. Which is freaking awesome... except... N O B O D Y is covering it. Why the hell not?

Is it a case of the boy who cried wolf and everybody will believe it when they see it? Or are the powers that be in the media burying it in hopes it goes away?

Also, I am hearing that the conference champions will be favored for the Football Four as long as they are ranked in the top six. So where does that leave Notre Dame?

My guess is, if this playoff comes to pass, Notre Dame has already accepted the inevitable (join a conference) and has already made contacts. My guess would be the B1G or the Big 12. Both make sense geographically, both bring some choice matchups 2-3 games a season, and it isn't like they actually can compete in either league (unless you ask their fanbase, in which case they can dominate either league).

But then again, nobody is reporting it (except Rick Reilly, who ESPN is suffocating). So who the hell knows....


jgkojak 1 year, 11 months ago

His academic credibility at Stanford should help Notre Dame or some of the academically-minded schools we may pursue.

This is the order: Team #11: Florida State Team #12: Clemson Team #13: Louisville Team #14: Pitt Team #15: Georgia Tech (fleeing the decaying ACC) Team #16: Notre Dame or Miami... obviously we prefer ND

For the SEC- once the B12 grabs the 2 ACC schools: Team #15: Virginia Tech Team #16: NC State

For the B1G- once the SEC makes its move: Team #13: Maryland Team #14: Virginia Team #15/16: Rutgers and Notre Dame, Notre Dame and North Carolina or most likely- Rutgers and North Carolina

For the Big East: Picks up the remaining ACC teams (Duke, Wake Forest, etc) in some sort of "merger"

For the Pac 12: There will be pressure to expand. Team #13: San Diego St Team #14: Hawaii (good for recruiting) Team #15: Nevada Team #16: BYU or New Mexico... depending on if they can work out BYUs issues


RCJayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Looks like he accepted according to Great move for the Big XII. Expansion to 12 teams was one of the first highlights on the release so who knows if this sets off another realignment chain once he's settled into on the role. Looks like Louisville is definitely a target if the ADs agree to expand. Cincy and Notre Dame look like the others. We'll see....


jayhawkinATL 1 year, 11 months ago

Leave a stable Stanford gig for Big 12 Commish??? Nah.


ccarp 1 year, 11 months ago

I like the hire, but to be honest I've enjoyed the moves under Neinas' watch.


Janet Scott 1 year, 11 months ago

How about Lew Perkins? Or perhaps Santa Claus? Joe Biden?


kusportsdotcom 1 year, 11 months ago

This article isn't very clear, but all the sources have indicated that Bowlsby is likely to accept the job, and an announcement could come as soon as Friday. I like it.


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