The Bob Bowlsby days are almost behind the Big 12 Conference.
It’s likely for the best, after Bowlsby let the conference gradually crumble under his leadership, opting not to pursue blue blood programs that would boost the league.
Instead, the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners are joining the SEC.
American Athletic Conference standouts, the Houston Cougars, the UCF Golden Knights, and the Cincinnati Bearcats, plus independent, the BYU Cougars, will join the Big 12 in the coming years as a result. It’s not a home run on Bowlsby’s part, but it gets the job done.
For now at least.
But who will replace Bowlsby?
One potential candidate, ESPN and Sports Illustrated report, is Brett Yormack.
From ESPN: “Yormark is COO of Jay Z’s Roc Nation, having been promoted in January. He was previously co-CEO of Roc Nation Unified, a global licensing division within the agency ... . It would mark an out-of-the-box hire for the Big 12 amid the vastly changing collegiate landscape. Yormark has little experience at the college sports level. He did, however, spend nearly 15 years with Barclays Sports and Entertainment, including as CEO, before leaving for Roc Nation in 2019.”
Out of the box indeed.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: What it’s like at Manning Passing Academy after Arch Manning commitment
247Sports: Morning Brew: The Arch Effect is in full effect for Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
5-star S Derek Williams commits to Texas
Texas 1B Gavin Kash among latest players to enter the NCAA transfer portal
247Sports: Texas jumps to No. 3 in 247 Composite team recruiting rankings with addition of five-star Derek Williams
247Sports: Monday night huddle: Notes and observations from elite recruiting run
247Sports: The Huddle: Scattershooting a handful of recruiting notes
247Sports: TABC Showcase: Tre Johnson, Dink Pate, KJ Lewis and more stand out
247Sports: 2024 Polynesian Bowl announces five-star QB Julian Sayin
Inside Texas: Tuesday: Steve Sarkisian is due credit for the recent recruiting success
Inside Texas: On3 four-star Jordan Matthews’ stock is rising
Inside Texas: Texas rises to No. 4 in the 2023 On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Crimson and Cream Machine: 2023 OL Heath Ozaeta commits to Oklahoma
Rock Chalk Talk: Jayhawks in the Pros (MLB Edition): Wes Benjamin
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: The Colorado Avalanche are building something special
SB Nation: Two teams can absorb Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract without any cap maneuvering
SB Nation: ‘SEE YOU IN THE FALL,’ says Kyrie Irving after opting in to $36.5 million player option
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
- Not bad for a 17-year-old.
Five-Star Plus+ QB Arch Manning's On3 NIL Valuation has increased 10% after committing to Texas— On3 NIL (@On3NIL) June 28, 2022
Details from @Pete_Nakos96 HERE: https://t.co/N7RxF1rxjY pic.twitter.com/5ejVTZSn3I