Q: How difficult would it be for you to present Nebraska with the league trophy?
A: That's not a problem with me whatsoever. The young men on the field will determine the outcome. These players play in the Big 12. They've been Big 12 players to this point in their careers. If they win the trophy they deserve to have it and I'll be happy to give it to them... I've said a number of times I'm sorry to see them go. They've been a great part of our conference. There are all sorts of reasons that Nebraska folks have explained on what their decision was. We're going to be a great conference going forward and they're going to have a great experience in the Big Ten.
In the future do you foresee every conference game being televised?
Not next year. But when we have our new contract that's something we will demand in negotiations. We really like the SEC model. Every game is telecast in some form, even if it's ESPN3.
Why is the conference scheduling the men's and women's basketball tournament finals the same day, March 12?
The feeling was having the women's game the day after the men's game may not lead to as many fans staying around if it's with one of the teams that might be in the men's championship. This gives the best opportunity for that exposure.
With only 10 teams, can the conference maintain all its bowl ties?
It's going to be a challenge for the very last bowl because historically with 12 we haven't provided a team every year for that position so we'll have to talk to the Dallas Football Classic. With that bowl we're in a backup role a few years and front row a couple of years with Conference USA. And playing a nine-game (league) schedule might lead to having fewer bowl eligible teams.
What is your reaction to Nebraska fans feeling they were targeted with 16 penalties, Texas A&M only two in a 9-6 loss?
It's a silly notion to think there's some conspiracy involving officiating... We are very committed to having a program with integrity. Walt Anderson, who operates it, is as well thought of as anybody in the profession. He analyzes each and every game. We also have former NFL officials, and current NFL officials, who analyze each and every play every week.
What's your reaction to the controversy surrounding not traveling to Lincoln to present the Big 12 North trophy?
We don't, and haven't always, presented divisional trophies. We weren't able to present any divisional trophies this year because of tiebreaker situations. I was able to present the trophy to Nebraska last year but didn't present it to Texas... It's been documented about the number of calls and e-mails, a handful being threatening... I've said this repeatedly this very clearly was a very small, small minority from a tremendously classy fan base. many fans staying around if it's with one of the teams that might be in the men's championship. This gives the best opportunity for that exposure.