Big 12's Dan Beebe gets extension

IRVING, Texas -- The Big 12 Conference has extended the contract of commissioner Dan Beebe for three years through June 2015.

Beebe's original five-year deal was set to expire in 2012.

The extension Friday comes following a summer when the future of the league was in question after Nebraska and Colorado decided to leave. Beebe was credited with being a steady figure that helped keep the team's other 10 schools together.

University of Missouri chancellor Brady Deaton, chairman of the league's board of directors, says Beebe has been "an outstanding leader" during challenging times.