Scott Draper appointed vice president of Big 12 football


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By Trevor Matthews, Staff Writer

After serving eight years with the American Athletic Conference, Scott Draper has been appointed vice president of football by Big 12 Conference Commissioner Brett Yormark, according to

The hiring search began because the former vice president of football, Edward Stewart, took a role as the executive senior associate athletic director at USC.

“I am delighted that Scott will be joining the Big 12 Conference staff and welcome him to our leadership team,” said Yormark.  “He will be a valuable asset in serving our member institutions and managing such a critical area.  His knowledge and expertise allows for a quick transition into this role.” 

Draper’s new role will allow him to organize and manage Big 12 football operations including the Big 12 Conference championship game, bowl game relationships, scheduling and the conferences officiating program. 

“I am excited, honored, and grateful for the opportunity to join the Big 12 Conference and Commissioner Yormark’s staff to serve the member institutions to provide the best possible experience for our student-athletes,” said Draper. “I would also like to thank the athletic directors and head coaches of the American Athletic Conference, and particularly Commissioner Mike Aresco and his staff, for their support through the past eight years.” 

Before coming over from the ACC, Draper started off as a football offensive graduate assistant at the University of Michigan. He worked his way up and became the assistant athletic director for football operations at Michigan. He was an integral part of their program’s success in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.