Big 12 Commissioner Beebe Out

7 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Thursday, September 22 2011 Sep 22, 2011 Thursday, September 22, 2011 5:09:00 PM CDT September 22, 2011 in Sports
Source: The Associated Press
By: Kevin Acciani

IVRING, TEXAS (AP) -- After much anticipation, Dan Beebe is out as the Big 12 Commissioner. The announcement came today, after what has been a turbulent few months for the conference.

After Nebraska and Colorado left during the summer, Texas A&M is also planning on leaving the conference, leaving the Big 12 is a troubled state.

Brady Deaton, Chairman of the Big 12 Board of Directors, spoke on the outing of Beebe.

"The Big 12 Board of Directors has reached a mutual agreement with Commissioner Dan Beebe that he will leave his position effective today. We sincerely thank Dan who has always demonstrated a total commitment to what is in the best interest of the Big 12 Conference. His energy, devotion and skill in negotiating on our behalf have been tremendous assets that have benefited our member institutions, our student-athletes, our athletic programs and all our fans."

"I have been honored to serve the Big 12 Conference for the past eight and one-half years, including the last four-plus as its commissioner," said Beebe, "I put all my effort into doing what was best for the Big 12. With great fondness, I wish the Big 12 Conference a long and prosperous future."

Former Big Eight Commissioner Chuck Neinas has confirmed that he has been approached about serving as interim commissioner.

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