Report: Beebe ousted as Big 12 commissioner
Dan Beebe will be officially out as Big 12 commissioner, according to Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com.
The league reportedly will replace him on an interim basis with former Big Eight commissioner Chuck Neinas, likely on Thursday, after some conference members had blamed Beebe for the chaotic state of the league.
Neinas, who is currently a college consultant after serving as the assistant executive director of the NCAA from 1961-1971 and Big Eight commissioner from 1971-1980, will apparently oversee a league that will move forward with nine schools after Texas A&M once again declared that they are poised to leave the league next summer.
Beebe had received a raise from $661,000 to $997,000 in 2009 before the Big 12 had its first near-collapse when Colorado opted to join the Pac-12 and Nebraska bolted to the Big Ten. Even after those moves, he had his contract extended last November through June 2015.
According to The Oklahoman, Big 12 presidents will hold a conference call on Thursday to discuss how to move forward in terms of acquiring additional members. Schools such as BYU, Air Force, Louisville and West Virginia have been linked to the Big 12 as possible targets in recent reports.
In addition to discussing the removal of Beebe at the meeting, rules for individual networks like the Longhorn Network will be talked about by the board of directors as well as phasing in revenue sharing and requiring a commitment of rights of more than five years from conference schools, which would make moving to another league nearly impossible.
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