The Big 12 has offered its commissioner's job to Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby, multiple conference and industry sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday night.
The Big 12 has been searching for a replacement for Dan Beebe, who was fired last year. Chuck Neinas has been serving as the interim commissioner.
A source with knowledge of the situation said late Wednesday night that Bowlsby is expected to accept the job, and a formal announcement from the conference could come as early as Friday.
Bowlsby was in Phoenix the past few days as the Big 12 and Pac 12 meetings overlapped. Bowlsby has a strong relationship with Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott. Bowlsby was on the search committee that discovered Scott, with the aid of search firm executive Jed Hughes, who has handled both searches for the Big 12 and Pac 12 commissioner's jobs. Hughes was at a different firm for the Pac 12 search firm than he is for the Big 12 search.
You can read all of Andy Katz's story here.
The San Jose Mercury News reported late Wednesday night that Bowlsby has called a staff meeting for today.
Per the Merc's Jon Wilner:
Reasons for Bowlsby to stay at Stanford: It’s Stanford/Palo Alto and the Big 12 is in Dallas; Stanford football’s going well, which was partly his doing; he has family in San Diego; and who in the world wants to deal with Texas and Oklahoma.
Reasons for Bowlsby to take the job: The money (more than $1 million per year, I’d imagine); the sense that Stanford football can’t get any better; avoiding potentially having to fire Johnny Dawkins next spring.