Before Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke with reporters during his tour of Kansas State on Friday, Wildcats athletic director John Currie thanked him for all he has already done.
Though Bowlsby has been on the job a very short time, he represents a new beginning for the Big 12. That’s something that was badly needed following two years of conference realignment.
Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M and Missouri are gone. But West Virginia and TCU have arrived. For now, everything appears stable.
Currie has always believed in the Big 12, and uses an analogy about meat on a grill to describe why he thinks the conference is capable of big things: “We feel like we have got a lot of steak. We just haven’t been able to get the sizzle right at some times.”
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Maybe former commissioner Dan Beebe deserved blame for that. Maybe he didn’t. But in Bowlsby, Currie sees a commissioner that “certainly brings both steak and sizzle to our league.”
“He has really done a tremendous job of stepping right in and providing some instant credibility to our league,” Currie said.
Bowlsby hopes he can continue helping the Big 12 as his career moves forward. He has plenty of ideas, and hopes to put them into action. On Friday, he talked about many of his plans and the status of the conference. (more…)