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Also See: John Currie June 16 Press Conference Transcript

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

TOPEKA -- Today Gov. Parkinson, the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas State University, and the University of Kansas issued the following statements regarding this morning's announcement that the Big 12 Conference will remain intact:

Gov. Mark Parkinson: "This is great news to Kansas universities, student athletes, fans and our entire state. Today we solidify the future of the Big 12 Conference. In fact, we are in a better position than ever before. Chancellor Gray-Little, President Schulz and the Kansas Board of Regents provided outstanding leadership during this process. It was my pleasure to answer their call for assistance, and I appreciate their continued commitment to the state."

Regents' Chair Jill Docking, of Wichita, and Vice Chair Gary Sherrer, of Overland Park: "We are delighted that an agreement to maintain the Big 12 Conference has been reached. Although there are a variety of details to be ironed out in the coming weeks, the strong commitment of the ten institutions involved ensures a bright future for the Big 12. The board certainly applauds the collaborative efforts of K-State and KU to preserve the conference. They share an intense rivalry on the field, which they skillfully re-focused on this successful and cooperative effort. This outcome is a win-win for our universities, their students and alumni, and the state."

K-State President Kirk Schulz and K-State Athletics Director John Currie: "Obviously, we are buoyed by the commitments of our existing colleagues and league institutions to preserve the Big 12 Conference and its position as one of the nation's top leagues. This was a very important moment in the history of Kansas State University and the University of Kansas. We both saw the significant value of keeping the Big 12 intact and we worked together diligently to help bring about this outcome. Together, we look forward to new levels of growth and opportunity in the conference. Our sincere appreciation goes to all of our league partners, and certainly Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe and his staff, for their hard work during this process."

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins: "The University of Kansas is excited about the bright future of the Big 12 Conference and its ability to provide long-term strength and vitality for the league and its members. The conference going forward offers schedule and travel choices that exhibit a concern for the student-athlete, as well as maintaining the rivalries that mean so much to our fans. This outcome is a result of the hard work and collaboration of many people, including presidents, chancellors and athletics directors, as well as Commissioner Dan Beebe and leaders inside and outside Kansas. It was particularly gratifying to work with our friends at Kansas State, because while we may compete on the field, we both understand the importance of working together to advance the best the interests of the State of Kansas."

Statements from K-State Head Coaches

Men's Basketball Coach Frank Martin
"It's great to see that through the continued efforts of the leaders of our great universities, we will continue to exist as the best athletic conference in the country, the Big 12."

Football Coach Bill Snyder
"I’m pleased that our university and conference leadership found a way to keep these ten teams intact with a long time commitment to the fan base and student-athletes of each Big 12 University. As have many, I have seen a great deal take place in the past 22 years as a member of both the Big 8 and Big 12, and remain hopeful that we have learned a great deal from a vast number of events and will become an even greater and more cohesive conference because of those experiences. Regardless of the final outcome our staff and our players always knew that the Kansas State constituency would persevere, fight their way through difficult times and be there for their University. That has been the Kansas State way."

Baseball Coach Brad Hill
"I am very pleased that the 10 remaining members of the Big 12 have decided to stay together. The decision has kept one of the top RPI baseball leagues intact, which has earned 13 NCAA Regional bids in just the past two seasons. The Big 12 allows us to concentrate on the same recruiting efforts that have continually improved our program over the last seven years as incoming players desire to compete in a power conference at the country’s finest facilities with great traditions. It also gives the full student-athlete experience as our kids will also be able to watch other athletic events featuring top programs that will compete for national championships."

Volleyball Coach Suzie Fritz

"K-State is and has always been a proud member of the Big 12 conference. It is a tremendously successful league in terms of generating revenue, overall competitiveness in all sports and the ability to attract some of the best players in the country to join our teams. I am excited that it will continue to thrive and remain as one of the top conferences in the country, and appreciate Mr Currie and Mr Schulz's efforts, as well as the Big 12 staff, to keep the league strong and intact."

Statements From Other Conference Members

University of Texas
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas' athletics programs will continue competing in the Big 12 Conference, the university announced today.

University President William Powers Jr., Men's Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds and Women's Athletics Director Chris Plonsky will participate in a media availability at 10 a.m. Central, Tuesday, June 15.

University of Missouri
In light of Monday’s developments regarding the Big 12 Conference moving forward with 10 member institutions Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden had the following statement:

“We’re excited about the Big 12 Conference and for its continued growth. The University of Missouri has certainly prospered during its time in the Big 12, and we are looking forward to future opportunities in the years ahead.”

Texas Tech University
As we’ve said during this period of instability in conference alignments, our goal has been to preserve the Big 12 Conference. We are proud to announce that this has been done and that we are recommitting to our status as a member of the Big 12 Conference.

We worked carefully through this process in consultation with our colleagues in the Big 12 South and have come to the conclusion that remaining in the Big 12 is best for Texas Tech University from the perspectives of revenue, rivalry and the welfare of our student-athletes.

The Big 12 is a tremendous fit for Texas Tech both academically and athletically. Remaining in the Big 12 will allow us to play our traditional rivals and maintain those competitive associations we have developed with the Big 12 North members.

Baylor University

"Baylor athletics has a bright future and we look forward to continued success with our historic partners in the Big 12 Conference for many years to come," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "We have been blessed with extraordinary efforts and leadership from the Board of Regents, President Starr, key alumni and friends. We are both humbled and grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from the Baylor family in recent days."

Previous Statements

June 14, 2010
Statement from K-State President Kirk Schulz and Athletics Director John Currie:

“Obviously, we are buoyed by the commitments of our existing colleagues and league institutions to preserve the Big 12 Conference and its position as one of the nation’s top leagues. Our sincere appreciation goes to all of our league partners, and certainly Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe and his staff, for their hard work during this process. Our league has a very bright future and we are looking forward to new levels of growth and opportunity.”

June 14, 2010

(TOPEKA) Today the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing board of Kansas State University (K-State) and the University of Kansas (KU), contacted the governing boards of Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Texas urging them to retain their Big 12 Conference membership. “A 10-institution Big 12 Conference appears to be a win-win for all involved,” said Regent Jill Docking of Wichita, the Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents.

“Our universities, students, alumni, and state would all benefit from K-State’s and KU’s continued affiliation in a Big 12 consisting of the ten remaining universities. A 10-institution Big 12 would have an extremely bright future.”

A copy of the Board’s letter to the governing boards in Oklahoma and Texas can be found at the following link:

June 11, 2010
Joint Statement from K-State President Kirk Schulz and Athletics Director John Currie:

“Obviously, this is a critical moment in the history of K-State but also one of great opportunity. We are in constant communication with each other, and our sole focus remains on the process of maintaining K-State’s significant and meaningful place in intercollegiate athletics.

We also remain in regular contact with the governor, the Board of Regents and our respective counterparts at the University of Kansas as we work in concert and examine all our options.

First and foremost, we are continuing our efforts to sustain and advance the Big 12 Conference and feel the continuation of the league with the current member institutions remains in K-State’s best interest.

It is imperative that we protect the integrity of this process and not speculate on potential scenarios, give preferences on potential outcomes or respond to speculation. We will provide periodic updates as the process unfolds and more information becomes available.”

Also See:

••• June 16th: Thank You From the K-State Alumni Association and KSU Foundation
••• June 11th: Kansas Board of Regents Reacts to Nebraska's Big 12 Departure
••• June 7th: Kansas Board of Regents Affirm Joint Commitment to Big 12
••• June 4th: K-State Reaffirms Support for the Big 12 Conference