Big 12 hires Stanford athletics director as commissioner

Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 8:52 p.m. CDT

STANFORD, Calif. — A teary-eyed Bob Bowlsby walked out of a Stanford auditorium to a roaring ovation from university coaches and staff members Thursday, leaving behind a lasting legacy at one of the nation's top athletics programs for a conference in desperate need of a strong leader.