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Big 12's Bowlsby looks back at tenure with impending exit

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the time is right for him to step down from his role, though there are some mixed emotionsGetty Images

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the "time is right" for him to step down from his role, though there are "some mixed emotions" as he comes to the end of his tenure, according to Chuck Carlton of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Bowlsby “remains on the job now and certainly through" the conference’s BOD meeting in early June. Bowlsby: “I’ve been doing what I have been doing for a long time. To come to the end of it as a full-time employee, first of all, it really feels odd." He added, "I’d be less than honest if I didn’t admit to that. I’m doing it of my own volition, I’m 70 years old and have other interests and I’ve got a big family I like to spend time with.” When asked about his proudest accomplishment, Bowlsby said, “Surviving." Bowlsby: "Here I am still giving interviews after all these years. I think we’ve had 10 years of real good vitality. We’ve competed well. We’ve had a lot of great student-athletes and coaches come through the conference. It’s been a successful decade for us.” He added, “I think at a personal level I’ve been able to do it consistent with what I think is the right principles of college athletics and have done it with integrity. ... Being a person of your word is a good legacy, I guess” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/7).

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