Irving, TX – Big 12 Conference Commissioner Kevin Weiberg announced his resignation today. Weiberg is leaving his post effective July 15, 2007, to become Vice President of University Planning and Development with the Big Ten Network.
“There is never a perfect time to depart a position like this,” commented Weiberg, “but I believe the timing is good in that the Conference has completed its major short-term business agenda with television agreements contracted into the next decade, championship sites secured for the next four years and bowl agreements in place through the 2009 season. I am excited about the opportunity to be associated with this new television venture and to reconnect with the Big Ten universities where I previously served. But I am also sad to be departing from the Big 12 and so many good friends and colleagues.
“I am proud of the growth and progress of the Big 12 over the last nine years. By working together our members have excelled competitively, significantly grown revenues, and established a strong national presence and leadership position among the major conferences.”
“Kevin has served the Big 12 Conference exceedingly well," said Nebraska Chancellor and Big 12 Board of Directors Chair Harvey Perlman. "He really is primarily responsible for taking a new, divergent grouping of schools, and turning them into an effective athletic conference that has achieved remarkable success in its short history and, with his guidance, has exercised national leadership on many of the issues facing intercollegiate athletics. I know I speak for the Board in saying that we regret his leaving but understand his interest in accepting a different challenge at this point in his career."
Since being named the second commissioner in Big 12 history on October 8, 1998, and officially assuming the post December 4, 1998, the Conference has nearly doubled annual revenue distribution to member institutions. For the 2006-07 fiscal year, the Big 12 distributed a record $106 million, compared to $54 million in its first season.
Weiberg recently announced a new, multi-year television agreement with ABC/ESPN that provides unprecedented coverage for the Conference while providing significant revenue growth through the 2015-16 academic year. During his tenure a total of 27 NCAA team championships have been won by conference members with over 200 individual national titles to the league’s credit.
Perlman indicated he plans to consult with fellow board members in the near future to establish a transition plan.