Admins around the conference speak

Presidents, chancellors and athletic directors across the Big 12 released a handful of statements on Monday night reacting to the news of the Big 12's continued cohesion. As you might expect, they're all compelling, off-the-cuff, memorable quotes. Here's a roundup:

Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw:

"Baylor athletics has a bright future and we look forward to continued success with our historic partners in the Big 12 Conference for many years to come. We have been blessed with extraordinary efforts and leadership from the Board of Regents, President [Ken] Starr, key alumni and friends. We are both humbled and grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from the Baylor family in recent days."

Kansas State president Kirk Schulz and athletic director John Currie:

“Obviously, we are buoyed by the commitments of our existing colleagues and league institutions to preserve the Big 12 Conference and its position as one of the nation’s top leagues. Our sincere appreciation goes to all of our league partners, and certainly Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe and his staff, for their hard work during this process. Our league has a very bright future and we are looking forward to new levels of growth and opportunity.”

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden:

“We’re excited about the Big 12 Conference and for its continued growth. The University of Missouri has certainly prospered during its time in the Big 12, and we are looking forward to future opportunities in the years ahead.”

Oklahoma president David Boren and athletic director Joe Castiglione:

“The decision to stay in the Big 12 represents a consensus position which resulted from a collaborative effort with our colleagues in the conference. We value the strong working relationship that has been reaffirmed during this process among the conference members. We intend to work very hard to make the conference as lasting and dynamic as possible. We appreciate the respect and interest that has been shown to OU during this process.”