Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby addresses attendees during Big 12 media day, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Dallas. With expansion still an unsettled issue for the Big 12 Conference, Commissioner Bowlsby gave his annual state of the league address to open football media days. And a day later he meets with the league's board of directors. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Bob Bowlsby: Big 12’s image ‘has been sullied’ by Baylor scandal

League presidents will hear report from Baylor officials on Tuesday

Posted July 18th, 2016

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DALLAS — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the Big 12’s image “has been sullied” by the Baylor situation but the league ultimately has no legal recourse to punish the Bears.

During Monday’s press conference to start Big 12 media days, Bowlsby contradicted himself at times, saying that Baylor “has been very forthcoming” with information and then indicating he didn’t know more than the general public.

League presidents are scheduled to hear a presentation from Baylor officials on Tuesday. Bowlsby said it would be premature to speculate on what actions the league would take at this point.

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“I don’t know what the end game is,” Bowlsby said. “I think we have to be good listeners. We’ve got a group of nine other presidents and chancellors that are thoughtful and are experienced beyond campus in dealing with surprises. I think it would be presumptuous to try and envision an end game without a fair amount more of process.”

Bowlsby said the league presidents would probably receive more information than what’s been released to the general public. There is no written Pepper Hamilton report that can be released, Bowlsby said.

TRANSCRIPT: Read the full comments from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby at the podium at Big 12 media days.

Asked if Baylor fans will have to accept that school won’t release information, Bowlsby said, “There are a lot of components to this. Obviously there are several civil actions that are in place. They’re not going to be at liberty to talk about some of those things. At least not right now.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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