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Interim Big 12 Commish Says OU Contacted Him First

By Jane Slater for CBSDFW.COM
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Chuck Neinas is the next man on deck as the new interim commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.

The former Big 8 commissioner said the University of Oklahoma’s President David Boren started the ball rolling by contacting him recently and asking him if he was interested in the job.

“(Boren) inquired as to whether I would be able to assist the conference in an interim capactiy. I said if we can work it out I would be glad to help,” said Ninas.

Ninas said he has known Boren for years and also shares an equally close relationship with University of Texas at Austin Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds. Dodds served as his assistant in the Big 8.

A go-between for Texas and OU may be exactly what the conference needs as OU has made their contempt for the Longhorn Sports Network and Texas’ sole ownership of the tv profits. It is said that is why OU wanted Dan Beebe out.

Ninas said it is a situation they can solve.

“It’s something like driving a team of horses, you have to stop and start and change directions at the same time. We will just try to get everyone in line and see if we can get everyone to work together,” said Ninas.

As for whether Missouri will be leaving the Big 12 amid reports of an SEC bid, he said he did not think that would come to fruition. “I anticipate that the 9 institutions that retained my services will all be there and the chairman of (the Big 12) happens to be the chancellor of Missouri,” said Ninas.

Ninas said he is “definately an interim commissioner” and did not know when an official search for a new commissioner will begin but said he will likely stay in the position for at least six months.

Ninas currently lives in Boulder, CO where he heads up Neinas Sports Services which provides consultation to collegiate sports.

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