Big 12's Bob Bowlsby expects to sign extension through 2025

The Big 12's decision to restore a football championship game was based only on the league wanting to boost its chances of getting a team into the College Football Playoff, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday.

The idea is behind adding a 13th data point, but Bowlsby said the Big 12 has already been providing quality in the final weekend of the regular season even without the title game. But Bowlsby said it all comes down to football, and missing the playoff isn't good for the league.

The Big 12 will continue to withhold revenue from Baylor as the conference continues to assess institutional changes made at the university in the wake of a years-long sexual and domestic assault scandal, commissioner Bob Bowlsby told reporters Monday. It's about winning national championships.

"This didn't come from the conference office, (Oklahoma State wrestling coach) John Smith and our four wrestling coaches are the ones that came to us and said, 'We think this makes some sense, '" Bowlsby said.

Three new head coaches will take the podium at a new venue for the annual two-day midsummer gathering, which will be held about 4 1/2 months before the Big 12 plays its first conference championship game since 2010. The Big 12 distributed just over $34 million last year, a 15 percent year-over-year increase, which also doesn't include third tier rights.

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"We had heard from the CFP Selection Committee the fact that we didn't have that 13th data point - the championship game", Bowlsby said.

"The board has offered me a contract extension and I expect that I'll sign it", Bowlsby said.

"I feel I'm a pretty young 65", he said. "I plan on being here awhile".

On June 7, Stoops retired after 18 seasons as Oklahoma's head coach. "Among the critical success factors for any conference is the ability to distribute money to its members, and I think that we've continued to keep pace there".

"It varies a little bit from institution to institution based upon how they did in some of our championships, but we distributed a little over $34 million past year", he said at Ford Center at The Star, the event's new home and the Dallas Cowboys worldwide headquarters. I think they believe that I'm the right person to go through the process of looking for the right opportunity and optimizing our opportunity and then capitalizing on it from a financial standpoint.

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