was only a year ago that Bob Bowlsby was taking the podium as the brand new
commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
in 2013, Bowlsby has been through a full athletic and academic year as the
leader of the Big 12 and stability in the conference is starting to settle in,
which the commission enjoys.
enough, last year at this time, I was the brand-new commissioner, and we were
just coming off two or three years of fairly tumultuous times,” Bowlsby said.
“We were working very hard to sell the message of strength and stability and
success. I think probably there were some question marks after those three
year I think we can look back and say we've got exclamation marks after those
three items,” Bowlsby said. “I think it's been a very productive year for us,
and it has been a year that has yielded, I think, a growing measure of trust
among all of our member institutions. It really feels like we're beginning to
settle down a little bit.”
have been some questions of if the Big 12 would ever get back to actually 12
is kind of interesting that the Big 10 Conference has 12 teams in its league
and the Big 12 has only 10.
have wanted the conference to go out and get two more schools to buy into the
conference and get it back to 12, which would also allow there to be a
conference championship game.
Big 12 has not had a conference championship game since 2010, when Oklahoma
defeated Nebraska 23-20 in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
getting back to 12 teams does not seem to be an immediate item on the agenda of
Commissioner Bowlsby as he said on Monday morning that there are a lot of
advantages to having just 10 teams.
those advantages are the strength of playing three nonconference games instead
of four and having a full conference round-robin,” Bowlsby said. “I think it
keeps rivalries strong. I think it keeps our multimedia packages strong to have
good competition every day, every Saturday.”