"Let me make our perspective clear: Baylor emphatically supports the Big 12," he wrote. "We remain hopeful that the Big 12 will remain intact and continue to be one of the nation's foremost athletic conferences."
He and McCaw (along with Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe) repeated that message almost daily until things settled. As the days progressed, the Big 12 bandwagon led by Starr and McCaw gained members. Other university presidents and athletic directors stepped forward to publicly pledge support to the Big 12, and by June 15, all 10 remaining member institutions released statements committing to the league.
When settlements with Nebraska and Colorado were reached in late September, Starr was again at the forefront as one of three university presidents tasked with negotiating terms. Starr, Kansas State President Kirk Schulz and Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis worked together to ensure a process that avoided lengthy and costly litigation.
"President Starr's diplomacy, experience and legal acumen were of great benefit to the Big 12 during this process," said Beebe.