Bob Bowlsby has a familiarity with the Big 12. That comes with the territory having served as a Director of Athletics for more than a quarter century.“I know every institution in this league and have been on every campus,” Bowlsby said in his opening news conference. That includes soon-to-be-minted league members TCU and West Virginia. While at Stanford, Bowlsby said the Cardinal played the Horned Frogs in football twice and he came away impressed. The most celebrated student-athlete at Stanford the last two years was quarterback Andrew Luck, the son of Mountaineer A.D. Oliver Luck. Bowlsby also mentioned that his college wrestling days touched league campuses. “I wrestled in Gallagher Hall (at Oklahoma State) and the old men’s gym at Iowa State,” Bowlsby said. “(Beyond my personal familiarity) this league’s tremendous history is front-of-mind for me. I’m very excited and bullish about the future of the Big 12.” Bowlsby takes the leadership reins in mid-June. But, the wheels are already turning and changing the perception of the Big 12 is foremost on his mind. “It must be an early initiative to make it known broadly that we’re (stable) and that the future of the conference is exceedingly bright.” Bowlsby will hit the ground running and his familiarity with the institutions and the issues will shorten his transition phase.
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