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Stanford AD Bowlsby Named Big 12 Commissioner

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Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby will be named the new commissioner of the Big 12.

Following a long search while Chuck Neinas served in an interim capacity, Bowlsby will be introduced during a Friday morning press conference at 10 a.m. CT.

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said he was aware of Bowlsby's hiring while taking part in Thursday's Coaches' Caravan in Parkersburg, W.Va.

"Bob is an excellent choice for Big 12 commissioner," Luck said. "This only makes the Big 12 even more stable moving forward."

Bowlsby, who was athletic director at the University of Iowa before his stint with the Cardinal, will begin serving as conference commissioner on June 15 as he takes over for Neinas.

"The institutions of the Big 12 wanted a Commissioner that could take us to the next era as a conference with the addition of TCU and WVU, and we unanimously agreed Bob is that leader," Big 12 Board of Directors Chairman Burns Hargis said in a statement released Thursday evening. "The search committee looked for a candidate that has a vision for the next generation of college athletics, and his credentials and ideas exceeded this. He understands enhancing athletic competition among conference schools, the challenge of balancing academics and athletics for our student-athletes, and working with our broadcast and bowl partners."

Bowlsby will be the fourth commissioner to serve the Big 12 on a full time basis.

Be sure to check back to wvillustrated.com for more on the future of the Big 12 as Bowlsby is introduced on Friday.

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