Q&A with Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: December 4, 2010 at 9:30 pm •  Published: December 4, 2010
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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.

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