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Neinas interested, expected to be Big 12 interim

Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:02 am

Chuck Neinas has applied to the Big 12 and is expected to be formally approved as the league's interim commissioner possibly as soon as Thursday, has learned.

During an interview early Thursday, Neinas said he had been contacted by Big 12 representatives who inquired about his interest in replacing Dan Beebe. "I responded in the affirmative," said Neinas who then submitted his resume.

Neinas also told that his employment is an agenda item during the Big 12 presidents' conference call on Thursday. reported Wednesday night that Beebe was expected to leave the league and be replaced on an interim basis by Neinas. 

His hiring would seem to be formality considering Neinas has conducted employment searches for seven of the current nine members of the Big 12. The former Big Eight commissioner runs Neinas Sports Services, a consulting firm, out of his home in Boulder, Colo. Until Texas A&M, Nebraska and Colorado left the league, Neinas had done work for 10 of the original 12 conference members.

"I've been around the game a while," said Neinas who was assistant executive director of the NCAA from 1961-71. He later was commissioner of the Big Eight from 1971-80.

"I told my wife, I guess it's like Yogi said, 'It's not over until it's over,' " Neinas said.

Neinas should be a unifying force in a fractured league. Texas AD DeLoss Dodds once worked for Neinas as an assistant in the Big Eight. Neinas said he helped current Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt get his first job.

Neinas expects the position to last six months to a year.



Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:59 pm

Why not Add Boise St...?

This just seems so obvios and make sense for both parties.... Throw TCU a bone,

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:43 pm

Neinas interested, expected to be Big 12 interim

Looks like a plant/fix to me. Dan is a good man. This is BS!

Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 12:37 pm

Neinas interested, expected to be Big 12 interim

Oh, he's close to DeLoss Dodds.  Well, then I'm sure everything will be juuuuust fiiiiine.  Wink, wink. 

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2011 11:34 am

Neinas interested, expected to be Big 12 interim

BigP619 wrote:   "...Chuck Neinas is shady!..."


I followed your link and read the article with the belief that you were backing up your comments with solid evidence and that most likely your statement about Chuck Neinas was justified.  &nbs
p;  BUT,  now I find it hard to believe you,  or anyone,  would make such an accusation and finalize your judgement about a person based upon that article, (and that article's obviously slanted sources).   

Peter Felix,  (president of The Association of Executive Search Consultants) (a wannabe rival of Neinas),  may run a capable consulting firm that searches for regular business executives,  but surely he doesn't expect any football school in the nation to hire him for help in hiring a head-football coach!      
; And I really don't think Smith College Professor Andrew Zimbalist (a 'sports' economist)   is even remotely qualified to deliver a capable opinion concerning Chuck Neinas'  vices and/or virtues.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:32 am

Neinas interested, expected to be Big 12 interim

Chuck Neinas is shady!

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