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Interesting stuff from Big 12 commish Dan Beebe

Posted on: March 9, 2010 11:34 am
Edited on: March 9, 2010 11:51 pm

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe was quite revealing Monday during a conference call prior Wednesday's beginning of the conference tournament. Beebe is headed into the men's basketball committee bunker for the first time. As a first-timer, he doesn't know what he is getting into -- at least physically. Don't load up on the dessert cart, Dan. Those of us who have gone through the mock draft process at NCAA have a new and special appreciation for commitment of the committee.

Of course, you won't hear much of that if one of Vitale's flunkies get left out of the bracket.

Most telling is that the NCAA seems to be in the process of informing conferences this week about the process of expanding the tournament. The NCAA could inform (perhaps by video conference) administrators about how expansion would take place.

Beebe and the basketball committee will have input, but the ultimate decision probably rests with the NCAA executive committee. Beebe says he was skeptical at first about expansion but is not more open about it.

"I'm still going to have to be convinced there is a better way to go," he said of the current setup.

In this Q&A, he also talks about the Brent Musberger-Bobby Knight pairing on Big Monday which has been somewhat controversial in the Big 12 region. Both seem a little bit out over their skis at times on the broadcasts, especially when the former talent, Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla, live in the Big 12 region and are knowledgeable about the conference.

Why did you join the men's basketball committee?

Beebe:  "It is probably the most prestigious committee assignment you can get from the NCAA. Ninety-eight percent of the NCAA's budget is from the men's basketball championship. This is a critical time. We're in the middle of an opt-out period with CBS. If there isn't an opt out, we'll be planning for the future of tournament on CBS.

"I was somewhat recruited by Mike Slive. There had been BCS commissioners on the committee. They got down to the end of the rope and there I was."
(Beebe obviously was kidding.)

What's your take on expanding the NCAA Tournament field?

Beebe: "I probably entered that discussion with a lot more skepticism about it. After that discussion, we ought to be at least open minded.  I'll tell you what I told the NCAA staff, I've encouraged them to take their show on the road, to see what their thinking is.

"The rank and file administrator who is trying to sell season tickets as well as those of us running quality [conference] tournaments have to take a long look at it ...

"I entered the discussion with a lot of skepticism.  I'm more open. My decision has to be informed by [Big 12] administrators when they get the presentation this week.  The other factor that I have to really look at is the missed class time issue. The other part of it is frankly, conferences at our level at not willing to take less [money]. We believe we [bring] significant value for the tournament."

There has been a bit of consternation about the Musburger-Knight pairing  on Big Monday. Any thoughts?

"We provide feeback ... to ESPN. Television partners have the ultimate decision for the talent for the broadcasts. They pay a lot of money for that right. Those are two very high-profile individuals. Bob Knight, when I listen to his broadcast, you almost want to take out your pen and paper and write down what he says. He doesn't get into that hyperbole and is very instructive about the game.

"We'll talk to ESPN privately about things about that."

(When asked the same question about Musburger and Knight, an ESPN spokesman responded this way in an e-mail:

"Brent is the voice of college sports who has called major events in multiple amateur and pro sports – fans know it is an event to watch when they hear Brent calling it.

"Bob brings the experience of winning a Division I record 902 games and 3 NCAA Championships to the telecast; is known as having one of the best Xs and Os minds to have coached the game. People stop to hear what he has to say."

Bottom line: Don't expect change because the announcing team is working in the only category that matters. Ratings for Big Monday are up 8 percent.)

In other Big 12 news, conference officials will meet in early June to assign the championship sites for the next five years. There has been some talk that basketball would be locked into Kansas City (Sprint Center) and football would go to Dallas (Cowboys Stadium), but Beebe said the championships will not be permanently locked in.


Category: NCAAB
Tags: Big 12, NCAA

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 2:29 pm

Interesting stuff from Big 12 commish Dan Beebe

Are you kidding?  Brent Musburgers career should have ended 20+ years ago when CBS refused to pay him what his ego said he was worth.  Stevie Wonder could be more accurate with play by play.  Any time I hear brent I change the channel.  If he isn't the worst announcer on TV he's in the top 3.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2010 10:57 pm

Interesting stuff from Big 12 commish Dan Beebe

Ive watched Bobby Knight all season long and I can truly say that he opened my eyes to aspects of the game I didnt realize. He bragged about help defense and telestrated it to perfection. This game used to be my favorite but it has become AAA      we used to send these kids to school to get  they go to get isnt right

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2010 6:40 pm

Interesting stuff from Big 12 commish Dan Beebe

Musberger isn't too bad.  Knight brings down Musberger and makes him look bad with the comments that Knight makes.  I am looking forward to big things happening in the Big 12.  They have no choice.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 6:30 pm

Interesting stuff from Big 12 commish Dan Beebe

Beebe's always been pretty open about the fact that it's all about money.  Any time Mizzou gets shafted out of a bowl game, he shrugs his shoulders and says, "Sorry, but it's about the money."

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2010 5:40 pm

Interesting stuff from Big 12 commish Dan Beebe

The sad part is that the BXII hired them to do the semi's on the thier own network on Friday.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2010 3:00 pm

Interesting stuff from Big 12 commish Dan Beebe

If Beebe thinks Bob Knight's commentary is insightful, I question his credentials to be on the selection committee.  What I hear from Bobby Knight is mostly; "I would never let a kid take that shot," or some form of Monday-morning quarterbacking.  The man has an ego the size of Indiana; we get it, you won a national championship and could still coach the pants off these whippersnappers. 

Of course, he's no worse than Dick Vitale or any of the other screaming heads out there on college broadcasts--which is why I watch with the volume off and the radio on.

The refreshing part of the interview though, was that Beebe is also naive enough to be honest--"refreshingly" so.  It's all about ticket sales and TV revenue.  So I'd like to at least thank him for that, and hope that we can now get past all the BS about what's "best for the student-athlete" and what's "best for the fan."  Just shove your greedy face in the TV trough and eat up.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2010 1:40 pm

Dan hearts Brent & Bob

Too bad - I was hoping the announcement that Musberger and Knight were being removed from ever being associated with the Big 12 again was being made.  At least, if Knight was fired, he probably wouldn't notice - that's how much attention he pays to the details of the Big 12 conference.

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