Bowlsby's State of the Union

A recap of Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby's opening statements Monday at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, TX.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby riffed on several topics Monday morning including some of the more sensitive ones.

The Big 12 commissioner spoke about several lawsuits including the O’Bannon lawsuit which calls for compensation when the NCAA uses a former athlete’s image during PSAs and commercial use.

“I think all of that, in the end, will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you’ll see men’s Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike.”

Bowlsby did not stop the negative press conference there. He called out one committee in particular at the NCAA headquarters.

“The infractions committee hasn’t had a hearing in almost a year, and I think it’s not an understatement to say that cheating pays pleasantly.”

Bowlsby continued with more harsh words.

“If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions.”

The man in charge of the conference proudly announced the hiring of the conference’s first female official. “Her name is Cat Conti. She’ll be working the Southeast Missouri at Kansas game on the sixth of September.”

Bowlsby also mentioned praise for the Big 12 Conference officials noting his belief they are “second to none”.

Officials are not the only thing Bowlsby is proud of. He enjoys the round robin scheduling which forces each team to play head-to-head.

“I like our path to the championship. Our champion has been decided on the last day of the season for about five years. So we have great competition at the end of the year.”

It does not seem there will be any additions to the conference nor will a conference championship take place anytime soon. While those may be status quo, Bowlsby warned media and fans alike about the changing landscape surrounding all of intercollegiate athletics.

“There is change afoot and some of it is going to be unhappy change because I think it will ultimately reduce the number of opportunities for young people to go to college and participate in sports. And I think that's an unfortunate byproduct of the lawsuits that are out there right now.”

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