FRISCO, Texas — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been impressed with the cooperation he’s received from Baylor President Linda Livingstone, athletic director Mack Rhoades and football coach Matt Rhule as the league gathers information about the reforms Baylor is making following its sexual assault scandal.
The Big 12 board of directors announced in February that it will withhold 25 percent of future revenue distribution payments to Baylor, pending an outcome of a third-party verification review of required changes to the school’s “athletics procedures and to institutional governance of its intercollegiate athletics programs.”
“We are involved in a verification process with them, with Mack Rhoades, and since the day he got there, he’s been engaged on the task,” Bowlsby said at Monday’s opening day of Big 12 media days. “Matt Rhule has come in and done terrific work on the culture of the Baylor football program. President Livingstone, I’ve met with several times. I have been very impressed with her values and leadership and the things that she’s going to do. They are working very hard to get it right.”
Bowlsby said each of the league’s 10 schools are due to receive $34 million in revenue from the Big 12 for 2016-17. Baylor had already received a $10 million payout for part of 2016-17 when the announcement was made in February. The league will withhold 25 percent of the remaining $24 million payout to Baylor, which will be $6 million.
Bowlsby said he doesn’t expect Baylor’s case to be concluded soon.
“It is obviously a very complex situation, and because of the lawsuits, it will have some effect on the time frame of our verification process, but we are moving forward with it,” Bowlsby said. “We continue to withhold the 25 percent of their revenue distribution, and we’ll continue to do that as long as this is a pending matter.”
Commish expects to sign extension
Bowlsby, 65, said he expects to sign a contract extension that the Big 12 board of directors has offered him.
The contract extension will run through the 2024-25 athletic season when the league’s grant of rights deal with ESPN expires.
“As long as they continue to want me, I’ll be proud to be commissioner,” Bowlsby said. “I expect to sign it. I expect to be here for a while.”
The grant of rights is a binding clause that guarantees if a school leaves the Big 12 that any money they make from a new media rights deal with another league will be returned to the Big 12.
Ex-coach Patterson to miss LT’s NFL Hall of Fame induction
TCU’s costumed mascot is named SuperFrog, but in the minds of a lot of modern-day Frog fans, the real SuperFrog is LaDainian Tomlinson.
Tomlinson churned out huge chunks of yardage at TCU from 1997-2000, back when current TCU head coach Gary Patterson was the Frogs’ defensive coordinator. So Patterson owns a special appreciation for the stud running back, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 5.
“I’m so proud of him as a player, but … even more proud of the dad he is, what kind of person he’s become ,” said Patterson, who served as LT’s head coach for his final college game, the Mobile Alabama Bowl in 2000. “What kind of ambassador he’s become not only for TCU but for college football and the NFL.”
Tomlinson will become the third TCU player to be enshrined in Canton, joining legends Sammy Baugh (Class of 1963) and Bob Lilly (Class of 1980). He is also the first player who attended a Greater Waco high school to reach that stage. Tomlinson, who was born in Rosebud, won Super Centex Offensive Player of the Year at University High School in 1996.
Patterson said that there was only one downside to Tomlinson’s upcoming ceremony. “The only thing that has disappointed me is that it’s on my first scrimmage day,” he said. “So I think half of Fort Worth is going to be there for his inauguration, but for me – he’s going to be mad at me if I don’t win (this season).”
“Mr. Cool” Kingsbury sitting on very hot seat at Texas Tech
Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury exudes cool. The 37-year-old head coach even recognized that Justin Bieber was playing as he walked to the podium on Monday.
Yet Mr. Cool also recognizes that he is sitting squarely on the hot seat.
Following a 5-7 season and a 24-26 overall record in five years, Kingsbury understands that another year outside of a bowl game won’t cut it in Lubbock.
“Obviously we know what’s at stake,” Kingsbury said. “We know we have to be much-improved. But that’s part of the job. I think that everybody but the four that make the playoff every year are basically on the hot seat in college football. You’re coaching for your job every year, and we know that.”