Dan Beebe’s days as commissioner of the Big 12 Conference appear to be numbered.
Sources within the league said Wednesday that conference officials are moving to replace Beebe, who could be fired or announce his resignation today.
“I sense that he’s gonna be the scapegoat,” one source told the Journal-World.
The Tulsa World indicated former Big Eight commissioner Chuck Neinas would likely fill in as interim commissioner until a permanent replacement is hired.
Neinas was the assistant executive director of the NCAA from 1961-1971 and Big Eight commissioner from 1971-1980. He currently runs Neinas Sports Services.
CBSsports.com speculated official word on Beebe could come today when the Big 12 presidents hold a conference call. One source told ESPN.com that Beebe’s status was “tenuous at best.”
There has been speculation Beebe may resign as early as today if a suitable buyout can be reached.
Meanwhile, the Daily Oklahoman reported Wednesday that the Sooners, who committed to the Big 12 on Wednesday, were not all that serious about bolting to the Pac-12, which announced Tuesday the league would not be expanding at this time.
The paper said: “A high-ranking OU official told The Oklahoman Wednesday that reforming the Big 12 was the plan all along and that rumors that the Sooners and Cowboys (Oklahoma State) were moving West were being used as leverage.”