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Report: Big 12 To Lose Top Executive to USC Football

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The Big 12 is reportedly losing one of its highest-ranking football officials, Ed Stewart, to a similar job with USC, where he’ll work with head coach Lincoln Riley and the football program.

Per Pete Thamel of ESPN, Stewart is trading in his job as executive association commissioner with the Big 12 for an executive senior associate athletic director position with the Trojans.

In that capacity, he’ll oversee the football program, which is coached by Riley, formerly of Oklahoma.


Stewart served in a similar capacity for the Big 12 for 16 years. Per his Big 12 bio, his responsibilities included overseeing football’s daily operations, the Big 12 Championship game, league officiating, bowl contract negotiations and the league’s drug-testing program.

Heartland College Sports pegged him as a potential internal candidate to replace retired commissioner Bob Bowlsby. The job went to former Brooklyn Nets and Roc Nation Sports executive Brett Yormark, who started on Aug. 1.

Stewart has long-standing ties to the Big 12 and the former Big Eight.

Stewart played at Nebraska in the early 1990s under Hall-of-Fame head coach Tom Osborne. As a team captain, he helped the Cornhuskers win the  1994 National Championship. Stewart was named the Big Eight Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was a Butkus Award finalist and a consensus All-America linebacker that season.


He went on to play two years of professional football in NFL Europe and the NFL. In 2001, Stewart was named to the Nebraska Football All-Century team, and in 2004, was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.

Before joining the Big 12, Stewart was the executive staff member and Associate Athletic Director for Administration at the University of Missouri, which is also a former Big Eight and Big 12 member.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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