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.


Janet Scott 6 years, 1 month ago

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

april28 6 years, 1 month ago

I like Joe Biden. I thought that we were supposed to be able to keep this place politics-free?

captku 6 years, 1 month ago

What about J.C. Watts? Excellent collaboration and oratory skills, high moral compass, and crazy wishbone skills. I'm sold.

ccarp 6 years, 1 month ago

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

jgkojak 6 years, 1 month ago

Neinas is like, 81 years old.

He's done a great job, but he really was only temporary.

jayhawkinATL 6 years, 1 month ago

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

FSUJHAWK 6 years, 1 month ago

Some folks enjoy challenges. Besides, I wonder if this is a long-term move to create the first super mega conference.


Dave Benjamin 6 years, 1 month 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....

LogicMan 6 years, 1 month ago

The UofL wants in, so they could get an invite. ND would be great but don't hold your breath or a spot in the Big 16 if there are other good options. The rumormill is full of Clemson and Florida State talking with us, and even Miami, Georgia Tech, Maryland, and others are being mentioned.

Hopefully Bowlsby is expansion-minded -- we need the increased territory for recruiting, revenue, and long term stability and post-season success.

jgkojak 6 years, 1 month 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

Spencer Goff 6 years, 1 month 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....

Spencer Goff 6 years, 1 month 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.

RJ King 6 years, 1 month ago

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

bradh 6 years, 1 month ago

I haven't paid very close attention to the Pac 12 tv rights, but I thought I'd heard their tv rights weren't as good as the SEC, Big 10, or Big 12 even though they were done after all 3 of the other conferences and so should have been the best of the lot. If so, that doesn't seem like a great reference.

This guy sounds like a great AD, but other than helping Scott with the Pac 12 tv deal, I didn't hear anything that sounded like he has experience on the commisioner side. I think some experience on the commisioner perspective would help, but is isn't necessary if he has great vision. Here's hoping he's a good one. As Nutz says, at least he isn't from Texas, we have enough of that bias already.

RJ King 6 years, 1 month ago

Scott negotiated the largest television rights package in college football history, $3 billion over 12 years; and begun the process of building a seven-channel television network.

It will be a long, messy march toward what he sees as inevitable: a single football conference consisting of as many as 72 teams, possessing as much negotiating leverage and commercial potential as the National Football League. “The market right now is inefficient. We have too many sellers and limited buyers. Imagine the kind of value we could unleash if there were only one seller. All six power conferences negotiating one deal. That’s where this is going.”

The Southeastern Conference, in 2009, and the Big Ten, in 2007, had both signed multibillion-dollar television deals that gave their schools regular national exposure, and even the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 were getting their games into better national time slots. The Big Ten, in partnership with Fox Entertainment Group, had launched its own national TV network that generated $225 million in 2010. By 2009 the Pac-10 was fifth among the six major football conferences in revenue, taking in just $109 million, less than half what the SEC earned.

RJ King 6 years, 1 month ago

Scott was able to sell the most lucrative television package in college sports history: $3 billion for 12 years to ESPN and Fox, which combined to make the deal in order to keep Comcast-NBC out of the college football business. In the first year the Pac-12 will take in about $180 million from the ESPN-Fox deal and at least $100 million from other sources, making it the richest conference in sports.

The deal reserved plenty of premium programming—namely, high-profile football and basketball games—for a future Pac-12 network. No conference has ever owned and operated its own television network. (The Big Ten Network was launched in partnership with Fox, which owned 49 percent of it.)

Although enthusiastic about owning their own network, the conference’s school presidents declined to give Scott the money to launch it. Instead, Scott has raised startup capital by preselling the rights to cable carriers throughout the West: Comcast, Time Warner (TWX), Cox Communications, and Bright House Networks agreed to $65 million in annual subscription fees. There will be millions more when the conference negotiates its satellite deals with DirecTV (DTV) or Dish Network (DISH).

Remember that argument about centralization vs. fragmentation? Scott has proved that centralization unleashes value at the conference level, and in future negotiations other conferences will take note. It is only a matter of time, Scott believes, before it happens throughout college football. The old multiconference structure will eventually collapse, giving rise to a single consortium, made up of America’s biggest football schools, that can negotiate collectively for the richest possible broadcasting deal. If Larry Scott has his way, college football one day will be as lucrative as the professional version, rivaling the $6 billion a year in TV revenue the NFL will make in 2014. Reflecting on what he has already accomplished at the Pac-12, Scott says: “This deal is the benchmark. Until the next one.”

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