Commissioner Bob Bowlsby defends Big 12; planning on extension

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 17, 2017

I mean, we may be watching the Super Bowl on the insides of our eyelids before too long.

"I think our perception is somewhat a product of not being in the playoff two of the three years". "We relied in large measure on our intuition and some data that we saw that indicated that playing a championship game and having that 13th data point would, in fact, deliver that advantage". But Bowlsby said it all comes down to football, and missing the playoff isn't good for the league. It's about winning National Championships.

The Big 12 is the smallest of the Power Five conferences with 10 teams, and the only one to play a full round-robin schedule each season.

"This didn't come from the conference office, (Oklahoma State wrestling coach) John Smith and our four wrestling coaches are the ones that came to us and said, 'We think this makes some sense, '" Bowlsby said.

The 65-year-old commissioner, hired by the Big 12 in 2012, said he's set to sign a contract extension through 2024-25. The Big 12 distributed just over $34 million last year, a 15 percent year-over-year increase, which also doesn't include third tier rights. For the second time in three short years, the Big 12 Conference announced the inclusion of wrestling affiliates earlier this summer.

"We're here to talk about football, and we didn't make the College Football Playoff", Bowlsby said. "I plan to be here for a while".

On June 7, Stoops retired after 18 seasons as Oklahoma's head coach.

Bowlsby stated that Baylor's leadership group of president Linda Livingstone, athletic director Mack Rhoades and head football coach Matt Rhule have been as cooperative as the Big 12 could hope. "He was a tremendous influence on his staff, on his players, on his university over a very long period of time".

"It varies a little bit from institution to institution based upon how they did in some of our championships, but we distributed a little over $34 million previous year", he said at Ford Center at The Star, the event's new home and the Dallas Cowboys worldwide headquarters. "I think it'll be a good success". I think they believe that I'm the right person to go through the process of looking for the right opportunity and optimizing our opportunity and then capitalizing on it from a financial standpoint.

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