Curators meet, Big 12 Conference update on agenda

Update: Sept. 22 at 6:50 p.m.:Chancellor Brady Deaton said the Big 12 has accepted the resignation of Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe. Former Big 8 Commissioner Chuck Neinas was named interim commissioner.Deaton said the University of Missouri was committed to doing what was best for the University of Missouri and that has been work with the Big 12.A small working group is being formed among Big 12 schools to deal with issues within the conference in order to keep member schools happy.Mike Alden also spoke to reporters after the news conference was over. Watch KRCG Nightside at 10 for more details on the news conference and interviews with Mike Alden.Update: Sept 22 at 6:30 p.m.:The following statement was released by Brady Deaton regarding the resignation of Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe: "The Big 12 Board of Directors has reached a mutual agreement with Commissioner Dan Beebe that he will leave his position effective today. We sincerely thank Dan who has always demonstrated a total commitment to what is in the best interest of the Big 12 Conference. His energy, devotion and skill in negotiating on our behalf have been tremendous assets that have benefited our member institutions, our student-athletes, our athletic programs and all our fans."Dan Beebe also released a statement regarding the resignation: I have been honored to serve the Big 12 Conference for the past eight and one-half years, including the last four-plus as its commissioner. I thank all those with whom I have worked over the years. I am especially grateful for the outstanding staff at the conference office who have dedicated so much for the sake of the Big 12. I care deeply for these fine institutions and the citizens they represent. It is satisfying to know the Big 12 Conference will survive, and I congratulate the members for taking strong action to ensure a bright future as a premier intercollegiate athletics conference. As I have stated many times, it is in the best interest of intercollegiate athletics and higher education to maintain the regional connection that is so important for the student-athletes, their parents and the fans. I put all my effort into doing what was best for the Big 12. With great fondness, I wish the Big 12 Conference a long and prosperous future.The University of Oklahoma athletic department is expected to make an announcement momentarily regarding the Big 12.Update: Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.:A news conference will be held at the Unviersity of Missouri at 6:45 p.m. That news conference will be 15 minutes after the University of Oklahoma has a planned news conference.The Dallas Morning News reported this afternoon that Dan Beebe had resigned as Commissioner of the Big 12. Sources said the Big 12 would name former Big 8 commissioner Chuck Neinas interim commissioner of the Big 12.KRCG has a crew at the news conference and will update this story as more information is available.Original Story:The University of Missouri system curators met in closed session Thursday morning.The curators met by teleconference in a brief open session, before quickly voting to go into closed, executive session.Jennifer Hollingshead, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the University of Missouri System, said the curators will not be discussing the on-going search for a system president. Hollingshead did say Big 12 Conference officials will give the curators an update on the conference TMs situation during the meeting.

Hollingshead said because no curators were physically present on the Columbia campus; any further information about Thursday TMs meeting will have to come from the Chancellor TMs office.