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Big 12: Q&A with new league commissioner Bob Bowlsby

The Stanford athletic director will take over as Big 12 boss in June. Bowlsby received five-year contract.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 4, 2012

What are your thoughts on The Longhorn Network?

“I think everybody wishes that they had The Longhorn Network available to them, and not everyone can do that. There are several in the league that have their own models … it's a challenge going forward. I think the presidents have given a lot of thought to how it fits together. I was satisfied with what I heard from them along those lines.

What's your stance on the college football playoff?

“It's in its formative stages right now. Its last meeting certainly took some steps forward. I'm looking forward to being engaged in those discussions coming up. I would be presumptuous to speculate as to how it's going to turn out. The models are becoming more clear. There is lots of legitimate debate. I've heard the last BCS meetings characterized as highly businesslike, highly nonpartisan and really devoted to the mutual best interest of college football. I hope that's the case. I look forward to being involved in the dialogue and having a chance to help shape the future of college football as well as college athletics in general.”

Have you ever had a corny dog at the Texas State Fair?

“No, I haven't. But I'm looking forward to it.”

You said that as an athlete at Minnesota State-Moorhead, you competed on some current Big 12 campuses. Where?

“I wrestled in (OSU's) Gallagher Hall, and I wrestled in the old men's gym at Iowa State.”

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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