Dan Beebe says Big 12 now taking steps he touted

By RALPH D. RUSSO | October 9, 2011 | 2:20 PM EDT

Ousted Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe says he touted equal revenue sharing and members granting their television rights to the conference years ago, but the schools — and not just Texas — liked the idea of being able to start their own networks.

Beebe said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that Oklahoma, Nebraska and even Texas A&M were interested in the idea of starting some type of network for their sports programs.

Beebe says he was never given a specific reason as to why he was pushed out of his job last month.

He also said Sunday he was disappointed Texas A&M had already been working toward a move to the Southeastern Conference before he was allowed to address the Aggies' concerns about Texas' Longhorn Network.