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Report: Dan Beebe out as Big 12 commissioner

Dan Beebe

It started as a rumor, as most of these things do, earlier today when the Tulsa World reported there was a general consensus among Big 12 leaders that commissioner Dan Beebe needed to go. With conference CEO’s set to meet via teleconference tomorrow (Thursday) to cover conference stability, it was thought that the subject would be brought up at that time.

Then, Dennis Dodd of CBSSports added a layer to the story earlier this evening, stating that the Big 12 would take it a step further by officially ousting Beebe during such meeting in favor of old Big 8 commissioner Chuck Neinas.

According to Big 12 sources, the conference won’t even have to wait.

The Kansas City Star is reporting that Beebe spent Wednesday working on an agreement to leave his position as commissioner.

“He’s working on his exit package right now,” one source who has reportedly spoken to Beebe directly said about the process. “A couple of weeks ago he told me privately that if the conference stayed together and he had to go it would be like lifting up a huge weight off his heart.”

That’s not surprising considering the scrutiny Beebe was facing for being perceived as “Texas’ puppet”, let alone the fact that for consecutive years, his conference appeared on the verge of extinction.

Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton, who also is chairman of the Big 12’s Board of Directors, was reportedly against Beebe’s decision to step down in what Beebe apparently felt was in the best interest of the conference.

Missouri has been rumored to have received a back channel offer from the SEC if the Big 12 fell apart. That likely would have been determined by the departures of Oklahoma and Texas.

The SEC has denied such allegations.

In the final hours before the Pac-12 decided against further expansion, Oklahoma  reportedly laid out two demands for their continued membership with the Big 12: a modification of the Longhorn Network and Beebe’s resignation.

Turns out, the Sooners got half their wish, even if a high-ranking university source is trying (and failing) to backpedal out of the situation with the school’s infinite “leverage”.

In any case, and if the report is accurate, Beebe appears to be gone. He joined the conference as associate commissioner in 2003 after serving terms as the commissioner for the Ohio Valley conference and in NCAA enforcement.

Coincidentally enough, Beebe received a three-year extension last November.

“They need a fresh start in the conference,” the source said, “and not to go back to Groundhog Day where they were having this same conversation next year.”

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27 Responses to “Report: Dan Beebe out as Big 12 commissioner”
  1. TxGrown says: Sep 21, 2011 11:47 PM

    Now Texas do the right thing…and be a member not the overlord of the Big (black eyed) XII.

  2. kcrobert10 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:06 AM

    Mizzou still needs to go if the offer is there. Sec needs to get to 14. It’s a good match historically and geographicaly. Besides I’m sure I’m not the only tiger fan who is sick of the college football version of the evil empire and Oklahoma ain’t so pretty either. Hope we go down there this weekend beat em for the 1st time since the 60’s then on our way out be like by the way were going sec you two big cry babies.

  3. burntorangehorn says: Sep 22, 2011 12:10 AM

    TxGrown, you’re forgetting that Oklahoma, not Texas, pushed for Beebe to be the commissioner, and that Oklahoma voted for him to receive a raise and extension. Don’t blame Texas.

  4. burntorangehorn says: Sep 22, 2011 12:18 AM

    TxGrown, you’re forgetting that Oklahoma, not Texas, pushed for Beebe to be the commissioner, and that Oklahoma voted for him to receive a raise and extension. Don’t blame Texas, or say that they installed Beebe to be their puppet or stooge, because Beebe wasn’t even the guy Texas wanted.

    But yeah, I think Beebe’s kind of lost the message battle with regards to realignment. It’s possible that he deserves some major credit for staving off conference collapse last year, but he definitely flopped like a doll for aggy this year.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:20 AM

    As a condition of his resignation can he take Boren and DeLOSS with him. Just start the whole thing over like all of this never happened.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Sep 22, 2011 12:32 AM

    fiesty continues his or her completely irrational crusade against Deloss Dodds. Seriously, fiesty, can you think of a more successful AD in terms of value added to the university than Dodds?

  7. mogogo1 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:39 AM

    If you’re going to get canned, not much better than being able to spend your last day “working on your exit package.” No doubt Beebe packed plenty of gold into that parachute.

    Weird situation: He “saved” the conference by bending over backwards for Texas, but in so doing made it even more likely the conference will collapse. Like the old line about needing to kill the patient in order to save him.

  8. frug says: Sep 22, 2011 12:40 AM

    Well if it results in the ouster of Beebe then this whole ordeal has been worth it.

  9. ukeone says: Sep 22, 2011 12:57 AM

    Dear Mr. Beebe:
    Good freakin’ riddens, you scumbag!
    Sincerely,
    My Middle Finger

  10. kuhawks28 says: Sep 22, 2011 1:15 AM

    Too bad we didn’t know Oklahoma was going to make some demands and they actually be listened to….we (KU) would have had them demand that turner gill be fired.

  11. southernpatriots says: Sep 22, 2011 5:07 AM

    “Bye, bye Beebe, bye, bye!”

    Now on to more important business. Bring back sanity, wisdom, and equity to the Big 12. To do this it will take a strong new commissioner/president who stands up to Texas and sees that inequities lead to divisions and chaos. This all affects the student athletes at all the Big 12 member schools.

    Since football revenue usually funds all Title IX women’s sports, all Olympic sports, basketball, and baseball in most schools, and also helps to keep tuition and fees down at some schools as well, revenue sharing with football revenues is very important to schools, to the student-athletes but also to all other students.

  12. chmba says: Sep 22, 2011 8:30 AM

    What a mess!! Beebe IS a Texas puppet!! He will get a huge exit pay package for this mess. Missouri is foolish if they can join SEC and get away from this. Amazing to me that David Boren at OU botched the politics of this so badly but all senators and govenors have huge egos so that tripped him up.

    So what’s left: still a dysfunctional conference with one major game and major instability!

  13. TxGrown says: Sep 22, 2011 9:08 AM

    @burntorangehorn…
    I agree BUT Texas needs to be a conference team member and forget the elitist attitude and share the friggin revenue. So far their recipe has been one of disaster.

  14. tgaustin says: Sep 22, 2011 9:19 AM

    Sad thing is it was Beebe who pretty much kept the Big12 together last year, even with the pathetic departures of Nebraska (AKA Tom Osborne University) and Colorado. Had he not been so nonchalant with the Aggie situation he would have maybe survived…but prob. not!

  15. florida727 says: Sep 22, 2011 10:32 AM

    This comes as no surprise obviously. Beebe’s days were numbered back when Nebraska and Colorado decided to jump ship, if not when Texas got approval (assuming they even sought it) for the creation of their own network.

    The new commissioner needs to hand down an ultimatum to Texas: equal revenue sharing or go become independent or whatever. The inequality between member institutions is what caused all these problems in the first place.

    It’ll sound like I’m being a “homer”, but one of the reasons the SEC is such a dominant conference right now is because Vandy’s piece of the pie is the same as ‘Bama, LSU, Florida, or any of the other so-called ‘powers’ in the conference.

    Here’s the thing… the model has been established for revenue sharing, and it’s proven that it works. It’s not a stretch to copy it and assume you’ll experience similar results. Sorry Texas fans, but inequality is what’s the root cause of these problems, whether you want to admit it or not. Glad you got your network. As a fan, that’s awesome. Just share things equally with the rest of the member institutions. Your fans benefit. Your school benefits. And your conference benefits. Why is that a ‘bad’ thing?

  16. florida727 says: Sep 22, 2011 10:35 AM

    BTW, “southern…”, I’m at a loss for how anyone could thumbs-down your 9/22 5:07am post, IF they read the last paragraph. (What they heck are you doing up at 5:07a ET anyway? :) )

  17. southernpatriots says: Sep 22, 2011 11:25 AM

    florida727: My old father used to say, “When your hair turns grey, it is a sign of wisdom.” As we all started turning grey we learned that if we awakened early in the morning like he and my mother used to do, we can fit in a whole day of work before noon and not be out in the Louisiana heat and humidity when it is at its worst–the afternoon. Most of us awaken at 3:30 AM, get coffee and breakfast going, and begin our morning.

    There are adolescents (according to Deb) cruising these threads and even putting thumbs down on condolences. It is not our postings that receive thumbs down that bother us at all, but oftentimes great insightful truths are posted by other posters, and that agravates us that someone either doesn’t read them or hasn’t thought about what they read.

    Once JT was just explaining his original report and he received a huge number of thumbs down. We would rather than an edit button as we are campaigning for with JT and the NBC techs than these thumbs which on our system take quite a while sometimes to load, so the page does not load quickly.

    This is a real interesting time to be a college football fan and SEC fan. Changes are coming and these could be exciting changes, maybe some new schedules, etc.

    Our Neighborhood Watch is going slowly because many of the citizens in the area we are beginning have been offshore on oil platforms and/or away on other work. But so far we have 100 percent participation! May take a few more weeks or so of leg work, then the big meeting with the mayor, police chief, tv, radio, newspapers, etc. The police will install the NW signs on the power poles. The mayor wants us to cook for this big media gathering. I think we will go with seafood jambalaya for the 400 + people expected. Now that is some work! ha.

  18. burntorangehorn says: Sep 22, 2011 11:47 AM

    TxGrown says:
    Sep 22, 2011 9:08 AM
    @burntorangehorn…
    I agree BUT Texas needs to be a conference team member and forget the elitist attitude and share the friggin revenue. So far their recipe has been one of disaster.
    ==============================
    TxGrown, you make it sound as though the media contract monies are paid to Texas, who then takes a huge cut off the top before dropping crumbs for the other nine schools. That is absolutely not the case. Every school gets the chance to earn more than any other school based on the televised games that are picked up. Texas isn’t even the school that earns the most every time. Did you know that?

    As far as the LHN goes, I have yet to hear a single rational argument of why Texas should share its revenues from that. Texas proposed a conference network a few years ago, and everyone except Nebraska voted it down. Texas proposed a Lone Star Network with tamu, but tamu declined. So all conference schools except Nebraska said they didn’t want the money from a conference network, and Texas invested millions in their own network, which they then paired with ESPN. Why should Texas give any LHN money to the other schools when none of the other schools have contributed even a lick to it, and all of them actually declined any involvement?

  19. thefiesty1 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:06 PM

    How much $$$ will Kansas get for the game later this season on the LHN since it won’t be on a tier 1 or 2 network? Humm? An editorial in today’s statesman said a lot about how good the LHN is.

  20. burntorangehorn says: Sep 22, 2011 12:18 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Sep 22, 2011 12:06 PM
    How much $$$ will Kansas get for the game later this season on the LHN since it won’t be on a tier 1 or 2 network? Humm? An editorial in today’s statesman said a lot about how good the LHN is.
    =======================
    fiesty–Kansas gets a cut. If it weren’t for the LHN, Kansas wouldn’t get anything at all. What’s better than nothing?

  21. florida727 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:33 PM

    “TxGrown” in response to your question… Texas should recoup its costs, maybe even an initial profit, for taking the initiative to create LHN with ESPN. As far as you seeking a “rational argument” for revenue sharing, what about my post did you not get? Revenue sharing works. It works in college conferences (SEC). It works in professional sports (hockey). Why can you not see that Texas creating all this ‘wealth’ for itself and no one else is killing your conference? And I’m a freaking Republican for cryin’ out loud.

  22. southernpatriots says: Sep 22, 2011 1:18 PM

    florida727: As you have posted, and we would add…

    revenue sharing in team sports makes sense when the team by necessity has to play other teams in its conference or division. Those other teams are esssential in the function of the first team. There would be no competition, no games without the other teams of the conference. There would be no conference championship game, no national bowls or championship game. The other teams of the conference are essential, even for a team which may be dominant many years.

    In order to have good competition year in and year out, and healthy competition is needed, not impoverished and sickly competition who cannot even purchase proper uniforms or have reliable transportation to get to the game, etc. In order to off set the expenses for those teams/schools which are not in big markets, equitable revenue sharing is preferred.

    Even in the poor economic times, the conferences or divisions which have revenue sharing do not bicker or have bitterness creep in. They all know they share equally from all monies coming to the conference. If they want additional monies for themselves they can sell jerseys, pennants, caps, and pursue success in their program which will foster greater sales of memorabilia or souveniers and those profits are retained for their school.

    A similar system is in practice in major league bsseball where some owners have huge markets (NYC), and a little smaller (LA, Boston) and these teams with huge incomes from their own broadcast system or paid by other carriers(Comcast, etc.) are required to give a portion of their funds to those teams which help make the whole system whole and healthy.

    If the more wealthy owners just wanted to play themselves and maybe a Boston or LA all the time, they know that would not make for a viable sport which would be popular for a long time. There is a need for Houston, Cleveland, Chicago, and other teams to make the system sustainable for generations. The SEC has worked on this system from the beginning. It was the example and model for the other conferences and teams which saw the wisdom of this system for long sustainability.

  23. bbeaman78 says: Sep 22, 2011 1:54 PM

    burntorangehorn you need a rational argument for why Texas should share revenue???? How big of a dumb ass are you?

    Your smug ignorance that Texas thought of the network first and we are all mad b/c of they have it and our universities don’t proves you are blind as DeLoss Dodds is. The network and your attitude of not sharing revenue is why Nebraska and Colorado left.

    The LHN is the reason for this whole thing, b/c for some reason Dan Beebe bent over or kneeled for Texas in the 11th hour last year.

    Do you see Florida, 2 National Titles in the last 5 years telling the SEC b/c they are awesome they don’t have to abide by the rules of the others.

    Last I checked the SEC, PAC 12, and BIG 10 have a conference network and they make 10 times as much as the LHN, which isn’t on any cable providers that i know of.

    Correction the Texas/Kansas game would have been on Fox or FX which means KU would have gotten paid for it and oh yeah…..KU fan could watch it without the burnt orange slant of the broadcast.

    Since OU prez Boren overplayed his hand and is in spin control now, it appear my alma mater is stuck in a conference that no one except the “have nots” want to be in. Thanks to Texas forgetting that no one thanks that they are almighty and awesome except themselves, OU is stuck in the joke of a conference.

    Bring on a new commish, let’s start the Big 12 network, which Texas will get $0 revenue from, texas content can’t be aired on, nor will their game replays or even live games against get coverage until they disband their joke of a network. If Texas doesn’t like go independent (IN ALL SPORTS) beg for BCS status and go away. at 5-7 last year with the a top 5 recruiting class proves that your coaches don’t coach they just let these recruits live off their 5 star bs status.

    Bring in TCU, BYU, WVU…..IF we can absorb the BIG EAST football schools let’s do it and move on.

    TEXAS YOU ARE STILL A JOKE AND WHEN OU WHOOPS YOUR ASS IN THE COTTON BOWL THIS YEAR REMEMBER YOU ARE STILL HAVE 2 BIG 12 TITLES TO OU’s 7 & 4 NATIONAL TITLES (1 in the last 50 years) TO OU’s 7. WHY YOU THINK YOU DON’T HAVE TO PLAY BY CONFERENCE RULES IS COMPLETELY IDIOTIC.

    UT SUCKS!

  24. WingT says: Sep 22, 2011 3:08 PM

    Let all out bbeaman, don’t hold back :)

  25. florida727 says: Sep 22, 2011 5:40 PM

    “bbeaman” has some serious issues expressing himself. I just wish he’d come out of his shell. They say it’s not good to internalize your feelings like that. You’re young. You’ll learn.

  26. TxGrown says: Sep 22, 2011 8:48 PM

    florida727 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:33 PM

    “TxGrown” in response to your question… Texas should recoup its costs, maybe even an initial profit, for taking the initiative to create LHN with ESPN. As far as you seeking a “rational argument” for revenue sharing, what about my post did you not get? Revenue sharing works. It works in college conferences (SEC). It works in professional sports (hockey). Why can you not see that Texas creating all this ‘wealth’ for itself and no one else is killing your conference? And I’m a freaking Republican for cryin’ out loud.
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    What post are you talkin about?

  27. TxGrown says: Sep 22, 2011 8:52 PM

    @florida727 says: Sep 22, 2011 12:33 PM

    “TxGrown” in response to your question…
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    Again…what question?

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