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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Big 12 Commissioner: ‘Cheating Pays’

“There’s a lot of change coming,” Bob Bowlsby says.

CBS Chicago–07/21/2014

SEC commissioner Mike Slive. (Getty Images)

SEC Commissioner Slive Continues Push For Big Five Autonomy

“Things are different and expectations of student-athletes are different,” Mike Slive said.

CBS Chicago–07/14/2014

Northern Illinois football coach Rod Carey. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Wisch: NIU Should Push For Big 12 Membership

In the money-driven culture of collegiate athletics, the Chicago market and continued gridiron success make NIU appealing.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2014

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 2: Andre Williams #44 of the Boston College Eagles breaks a touchdown run against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the second half at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles won the game 34 to 27. November 2, 2013 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Boston College’s Andre Williams Rushes In To The Mix

With the competition wide open for the Heisman Trophy, Boston College running back Andre Williams has become a bit of a rising contender.

11/28/2013

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 16: Quarterback Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans looks for help during their game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: Biggest Question Now Is Michigan State Or Oklahoma State?

The easy question is to ask if Ohio State is better than Baylor, but the real question should ask if Michigan State is better than Oklahoma State. That is the most important question over the next few weeks, but it will not matter if Alabama and Florida State run the table to collide in Pasadena.

11/18/2013

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 19: Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears drops back to throw a pass against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 19, 2013 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Heisman Watch: Baylor’s Bryce Petty Keeps Bears In BCS Hunt

Baylor’s Bryce Petty is probably on the outside looking in on the Heisman Trophy, but a trip to New York for the ceremony is well within reach.

11/14/2013

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 26: Byron Marshall #9 of the Oregon Ducks runs against Tyler Foreman #23 of the UCLA Bruins on October 26, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

College Football Spotlight: The Week We Have All Been Waiting For

This is the week college football fans have had circled on the calendar for quite some time. This is the week that will begin to truly shape the BCS Championship picture. This is the week we have been waiting for.

11/05/2013

Ryan Kelly (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Previewing The 9 Major Conference Tourneys With Predictions

Jim Larranaga’s team has had a banner season, but they’ll likely have to beat Duke for a second time this season — this time with Ryan Kelly — to reinforce their potential to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.

03/13/2013

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Kansas, K-State Favored As Big 12 Tourney Opens

Kansas State and Kansas tied for the regular-season Big 12 title, but that doesn’t mean they feel very good about themselves entering the league tournament.

03/12/2013

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Wisch: Does College Football Need A 13-Game Regular Season?

College football seems to just keep getting bigger.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2013

Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

WVU Settles Big East Lawsuit, Will Join Big 12

West Virginia University announced Tuesday it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the conference power Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July in time for the fall football season.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2012

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Big 12 Officially Invites West Virginia To Join Conference

The Big 12 on Friday invited West Virginia to join the league next season, giving the conference a replacement for Missouri and dealing another setback to the beleaguered Big East.

CBS Chicago–10/28/2011

Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

West Virginia To Big 12 Not Done Deal

West Virginia appeared to be the choice of the Big 12 presidents after a Monday board of directors’ meeting, but now Big East rival Louisville is back in the picture.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011

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Big Ten Misses Top Spots In 1st BCS Standings

LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State hold the top four spots in the first BCS standings, setting up two potentially huge conference games that could determine which teams play for the national title.

CBS Chicago–10/16/2011

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Reeling Big 12 Moves To Add TCU

Leaders of the Big 12 Conference have cleared the way to make TCU its 10th member.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2011

LeBron James and ESPN's Jim Gray speak at the LeBron James announcement of his future NBA plans at the  Boys & Girls Club of America on July 8, 2010 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Estabrook Group)

Wisch: At The Root Of Sports’ Evils, You’ll Find ESPN

The Big 12 is crumbling. Big East powers are fleeing to the ACC. And practically every American outside the 305 area code (that’s Miami) carries a personal vendetta against LeBron James. And for all of it, I put the blame on ESPN.

CBS Chicago–09/20/2011

Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Texas' Jared Norton scramble for a loose ball in 2010. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Big 12’s Fate Rests With Oklahoma And Texas

Over the past dozen years, Oklahoma and Texas have teamed up to turn the Big 12 into one of the nation’s foremost college conferences, winning two national championships and playing for the title a half dozen times.

CBS Chicago–09/20/2011

Aggies fans at Kyle Field. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

SEC Officially Invites Texas A&M To Join

The Southeastern Conference says it has accepted Texas A&M’s application to the league, but the move is being held up because a Big 12 school has threatened legal action if the Aggies leave.

CBS Chicago–09/07/2011

Aggies fans at Kyle Field. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Texas A&M Announces It Will Leave Big 12

Texas A&M dealt a blow to the Big 12 Conference on Wednesday, saying it plans to leave by July 2012 if it is accepted by the SEC or another league.

CBS Chicago–08/31/2011

Jim Delany (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Big Ten’s Delany The Highest Paid Commissioner In 2009

According to tax records recently acquired by the Associated Press, four of college football’s top conferences pay their commissioners $1 million or more, far exceeding the salary of most university presidents.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2011