Big 12 media days: Bowlsby calls for major changes to NCAA

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Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby echoed Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive’s sentiments from last week about a need to change the governance of the NCAA.

But he downplayed the idea that the major conferences would look to part with their NCAA partnership.

“I don’t see secession as a legitimate point of leverage, except as a last resort,” Bowlsby said Monday during his state of the Big 12 address at the league’s media days. “We haven’t wanted to put a threat of secession on the table.”

Bowlsby acknowledged that “transformative” change in the system is nearly impossible but that there’s unanimity among the commissioners from the five power conferences.

“I think we all have a sense that transformative change is going to have to happen,” he said. “This is not a time when trimming around the edges is going to make very much difference.”

Weis’ pitch

Despite his team’s 1-11 record, Kansas coach Charlie Weis has been able to lure some talented players to Lawrence. What’s his secret?

“Everyone wants to play,” he said. “There’s no one that wants to not play. I said, ‘Have you looked at that pile of crap out there? Have you taken a look at that? So if you don’t think you can play here, where do you think you can play?’

“It’s a pretty simple approach. And that’s not a sales pitch. That’s practical. You’ve seen it, right? Unfortunately, so have I.”

Chip on their shoulders

Big 12 players will be outfitted with computer chips in their shoulder pads to monitor velocity and impact, although Bob Bowlsby said he was unsure how the information will be used.

A public address announcement will air during the season that addresses concussions, head injuries and player safety.

Bowlsby also announced the league is adding an eighth official in the offensive backfield.

Kingsbury’s return

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is returning to his alma matter 11 years after throwing his last pass for the Red Raiders.

The game is obviously different than it was in 2002, but Kingsbury believes the greatest difference between his two stays in the Big 12 is for the better.

Parity is a staple of the Big 12 that did not exist during his playing years, he said.

“I think when I was playing, you had Nebraska was really good and Colorado was way up there,” Kingsbury said. “There were five or six teams probably out in front of everybody else, and now it appears that most of the teams have come back to more of a pack. I think that’s more of a credit to other teams stepping up than anything else.”

TCU recruit out

Three-star linebacker recruit Dac Shaw is no longer on the TCU roster. The loss leaves TCU thin at linebacker.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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