In the wake of Big 12 Commisioner Bob Bowlsby's opening remarks for Big 12 Media Days 2013, "Big 5" has become synonymous with what some would say is inevitable change in major college athletics. As Big 12 Media Days 2014 unfolds begining tomorrow, I, for one, plan to listen carefully to what commisioner Bob Bowlsby has to say. Bowlsby is establishing himself as possibly the boldest, most articulate leader among the Big 5 conference commissioners. True to his native Iowan heritage, he does not hesitate to just say what needs to be said. He is also in an excellent position to do exactly that. Bowlsby, being the "new kid on the block", lacks the baggage of the more established comissioners, so has more room to risk making controversial comments. Having survived the 2010 near death experience, the Big 12 has the least to lose in the Big 5 discussion. At the same time, Bowlsby's conference also has the most to gain by being assumed "on the bubble in" with creation of a Division 4 , or whatever it may be called. In listening to his remarks this week, keep in mind that in early August, Bowlsby is heading up a Forum on the State of College Athletics in New York. With an intriguing slate of panelists, including the Texas and KSU ADs, I am also looking forward to see how that plays out. In the press releases leading up to this discussion, they don't come right out and say what's the agenda, so the timing of Big 12 Media Days 2014 gives Bowlsby a means to set the table for that Forum. So I am left to wonder, where is all this headed? What impact will it have on the future of the conference? And if the Big 5 makes the break from the FBS, to whom will they turn for leadership?