Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby was named Big 12 Commissioner on Thursday.
From the Yahoo Sports article about the hiring:
It wasn't so long ago that the university which was talked about in paragraphs like these was UCLA, not Stanford.
Stanford's rigorous academic standards presented unique circumstances, yet the school has won the Directors' Cup 17 straight years. The award is given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the program with the most success in all sports.
Stanford is one of the country's largest programs with 35 sports, including 19 for women. Stanford sent more athletes to the 2008 Beijing Olympics than any other college in the U.S., winning 25 Olympic medals. If Stanford were a country, it would have ranked 11th - tying with Japan - in total medals.
Comparing Bowlsby's to Guerrero, you have one guy who turned a perennially loser in football into a winner by making some very good hires.
And, then you have Dan Guerrero.
Stanford Provost and acting President John Etchemendy will lead a national search for Bowlsby's replacement.
May I suggest a candidate for the Cardinal? I think they could really use someone who will love to hold alumni fundraisers in nearby Napa...someone who really straps it on everyday...and, don't forget, someone who will embrace that proud Stanford tradition of being a football doormat because of the university's high academic standards!
Take Dan Guerrero, please!
Aw, hell...never mind...then Gene Block would have to lead a national search for a replacement and rather than hiring a proven AD like Baylor Ian McCaw, he would probably either not care enough about it to make a good hire or, worse, leave the search to someone like Bob Field.
If I were leading the search for Stanford, McCaw would be at the top of the list.