USC hires Ed Stewart, Big 12 executive, to oversee football program

Ed Stewart, one of the top officials of the Big 12, is moving to a new job at USC, according to ESPN sources.

Stewart, executive associate commissioner of the Big 12, will be hired as USC’s executive senior associate athletic director. His job responsibilities include overseeing the USC football program, according to sources.

Stewart spent 16 years with the Big 12, serving as the league’s senior football administrator, arriving in 2006. Sources say he’s held in high regard in the league, and part of his motivation for moving to the campus side is to work toward becoming a athletic leader.

Stewart is a former Nebraska football captain on the 1994 national title team, and his name came up in a search for that school’s athletic director last year.

Prior to Stewart’s time with the Big 12, he served as assistant athletic director as Missouri football’s administrative liaison. From 1999 to 2006 he spent seven years on the Missouri campus and before that two years at Michigan State University.

Stewart’s hiring is part of USC filling the roles left over when Chief of Staff Brandon Sosna left for the Detroit Lions.

According to a source, USC is expected to make another hiring in the executive team in the coming months.

Stewart becomes acquainted with USC coach Lincoln Riley as the two have worked together during all of Riley’s five seasons in Oklahoma. Stewart also led the Big 12 through several iterations of the realignment, and his experience of doing so is important to USC as it transitions to the Big Ten.

“He brings a lot of experience with conference realignment, which is a huge stretch,” according to a USC source. “His ability to provide leadership in the transition over the next few years will be critical.”

The hire comes at a time when the Pac-12 and Big 12 have shown public tension as each league seeks to move forward amid the uncertainty of the conference’s realignment. USC remains in the Pac-12 for the next two seasons and will then enter the Big 10, which houses Stewart’s alma mater. USC hires Ed Stewart, Big 12 executive, to oversee football program

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