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Big Eight Conference

Big Eight Conference
This article concerns the dissolved NCAA Division I-A conference. For other uses, see Big Eight Conference (disambiguation).
Big Eight Conference
Big Eight Conference logo
Established 1907
Dissolved 1996
Association NCAA
Division Division I
Members 8 (final), 12 (total)
Region Midwestern United States, Mountain States, West South Central States
Former names Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1907–1964)
Big Six Conference (1928–1948, unofficial)
Big Seven Conference (1948–1957, unofficial)
Big Eight Conference (1957–1964, unofficial)
Headquarters Kansas City, Missouri
Locations
Big Eight Conference locations

The Big Eight Conference, a former NCAA-affiliated Division I-A college athletic association that sponsored football, was formed in January 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA) by its charter member schools: the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, the University of Iowa was a joint member of the newly formed MVIAA and the older Western Conference (now the Big Ten Conference).

The Big Eight's headquarters were in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City fought to be the home for the headquarters of the new Big 12 Conference, but a 7-5 vote (the four Texas schools plus Colorado, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, with Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Nebraska in dissent) led to the office being located in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

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History

In 1908 Drake University and Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) joined, increased conference membership to seven. Iowa departed in 1911 but Kansas State University joined the conference in 1913. Nebraska left in 1919 to play two seasons as an independent. That year, the conference added Grinnell College, with the University of Oklahoma following suit in 1920; its intrastate rival Oklahoma A&M joined in 1925.

The year 1928 proved to be a pivotal one as the conference split up. The larger state schools of Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma remained together as the MVIAA, which became known informally to fans and the media as the Big Six Conference, while the smaller schools plus Oklahoma A&M formed a new conference, the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). The similarity of the two conferences' official names, as well as the competing claims of the two conferences, has led to considerable debate over which conference was the original and which was the spin-off. For the remainder of the Big Eight's run, both conferences claimed 1907 as their founding date, as well as the same history through 1927. To this day, it has never been definitively established which conference was the original.

The conference membership remained unchanged until the addition of the University of Colorado in 1948 from the Mountain States Conference (a forerunner of the Western Athletic Conference). The conference's unofficial name became the Big Seven Conference, coincidentally, the former unofficial name of the MSC. Oklahoma A&M, which by this time had changed its name to Oklahoma State, rejoined the conference in 1958, and the conference became known as the Big Eight.

In 1964 the conference legally assumed the name "Big Eight Conference." In 1968 the conference began its long association with the Orange Bowl, sending its champion annually to play in the prestigious bowl game in Miami, Florida.

The conference remained unchanged until 1996, when four former members of the now-defunct Southwest Conference (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech) joined the eight member schools to form the Big 12 Conference. Prior to Nebraska and Colorado's departure in 2011, the Big 12 was the old Big Eight plus the four Texas schools. However, it considers itself a new conference and does not claim the Big Eight's history as its own. Nonetheless, some college football history sources list both conferences as a continuous operation from 1907 onward.

When the Big 8 folded all of the records were moved to Kansas State's Vanier Complex and are now on exhibit in the Big 8 room which also serves host to post game interviews after football games.

Members

Final members

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Type Enrollment Endowment Nickname Mascot Varsity Sports National Titles[1][2]*
Iowa State University Ames, Iowa
(47,198)
1858 Public 28,682[3] $452,200,000[4] Cyclones Cy the Cardinal 16 19
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas
(65,608)
1865 Public 30,004[5] $1,005,000,000[6] Jayhawks Big Jay / Baby Jay 16 12
Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas
(37,712)
1863 Public 23,588[7] $277,600,000[8] Wildcats Willie the Wildcat 14 0
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri
(69,101)
1839 Public 33,318[9] $974,900,000[10] Tigers Truman the Tiger 18 3
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma
(80,071)
1890 Public 29,721 $968,400,000[11] Sooners Sooner Schooner / Boomer and Sooner 19 25
Oklahoma State University Stillwater, Oklahoma
(36,676)
1890 Public 23,307 $239,000,000[12] Cowboys Pistol Pete / Bullet 16 50
University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado
(83,312)
1876 Public 30,128 $665,000,000[13] Buffaloes Ralphie the Buffalo / Chip 14 24
University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska
(191,972)
1869 Public 24,100[14] $1,140,000,000[15] Cornhuskers Herbie Husker / Lil' Red 21 23

Previous members

Institution Location
(Population)
Founded Type Enrollment Endowment Nickname Mascot Varsity Sports National Titles[1][2]*
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa
(193,187)
1881 Private 3,164 $135,000,000[16] Bulldogs Spike 17 ??
Grinnell College Grinnell, Iowa
(8,902)
1846 Private 1,688 $1,260,000,000[17] Pioneers 20 ??
University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa
(59,735)
1847 Public 30,825 $791,231,000[18] Hawkeyes Herky the Hawk 24 26
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
(396,685)
1853 Private 13,995 $4,600,000,000[19] Bears[20] 17 ??

Membership timeline

Big 12 University of Colorado Big 12 Oklahoma State University Big 12 University of Oklahoma Grinnell College Big 12 Kansas State University Big 12 Iowa State University Drake University Big 12 University of Nebraska Big 12 University of Missouri Big 12 University of Kansas Washington University in St. Louis University of Iowa

Subsequent conference affiliations

Team Left for Current home
Colorado Big 12 Conference Pacific-12 Conference1
Iowa State Big 12 Conference
Kansas
Kansas State
Missouri Big 12 Conference Southeastern Conference2
Nebraska Big 12 Conference Big Ten Conference3
Oklahoma Big 12 Conference
Oklahoma State
  1. ^ Colorado left the Big 12 for the Pac-12 beginning with the 2011-12 season.
  2. ^ Missouri will leave the Big 12 for the SEC beginning with the 2012-13 season.
  3. ^ Nebraska left the Big 12 for the Big Ten beginning with the 2011-12 season.

Commissioners

Commissioners of the Big Eight Conference

Locations of final Big Eight Conference full member institutions.

Conference champions

[25] [26]

Men's basketball

Following are the MVIAA/Big Eight conference championships from 1907 to 1996.

  • Kansas: 32 outright/43 total
  • Kansas State: 14/17
  • Missouri: 12/15
  • Nebraska: 2/7
  • Colorado: 3/5
  • Iowa State: 2/4
  • Oklahoma: 8/13
  • Oklahoma State: 1/2

Regular season champions

This includes titles in the MVIAA and the Big 6 and Big 7 conferences, with records in parentheses.

MVIAA

  • 1908: Kansas (6–0)
  • 1909: Kansas (8–2)
  • 1910: Kansas (7–1)
  • 1911: Kansas (9–3)
  • 1912: Nebraska (8–2)/Kansas (6–0)*
  • 1913: Nebraska (10–0)
  • 1914: Nebraska (7–0)/Kansas (13–1)*
  • 1915: Kansas (13–1)
  • 1916: Nebraska (12–0)
  • 1917: Kansas State (10–2)
  • 1918: Missouri (15–1)
  • 1919: Kansas State (10–2)
  • 1920: Missouri (17–1)
  • 1921: Missouri (17–1)
  • 1922: Missouri/Kansas (15–1)
  • 1923: Kansas (16–0)
  • 1924: Kansas (15–1)
  • 1925: Kansas (15–1)
  • 1926: Kansas (16–2)
  • 1927: Kansas (10–2)
  • 1928: Oklahoma (18–0)

* In 1912 and 1914, KU and NU were divisional winners and declared conference co–champions since no playoffs were staged either year.

Big 6 Conference

  • 1929: Oklahoma (10–0)
  • 1930: Missouri (8–2)
  • 1931: Kansas (7–3)
  • 1932: Kansas (7–3)
  • 1933: Kansas (8–2)
  • 1934: Kansas (9–1)
  • 1935: Iowa State (8–2)
  • 1936: Kansas (10–0)
  • 1937: Kansas/Nebraska (8–2 apiece)
  • 1938: Kansas (9–1)
  • 1939: Missouri/Oklahoma (7–3 apiece)
  • 1940: Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma (8–2 apiece)
  • 1941: Iowa State/Kansas (7–3 apiece)
  • 1942: Kansas/Oklahoma (8–2 apiece)
  • 1943: Kansas (10–0)
  • 1944: Iowa State/Oklahoma (9–1 apiece)
  • 1945: Iowa State (8–2)
  • 1946: Kansas (10–0)
  • 1947: Oklahoma (8–2)

Big 7 Conference

  • 1948: Kansas State (9–3)
  • 1949: Nebraska/Oklahoma (9–3 apiece)
  • 1950: Kansas State/Nebraska/Kansas (8–4 apiece)
  • 1951: Kansas State (11–1)
  • 1952: Kansas (11–1)
  • 1953: Kansas (10–2)
  • 1954: Kansas/Colorado (10–2)
  • 1955: Colorado (10–2)
  • 1956: Kansas State (9–3)
  • 1957: Kansas (11–1)
  • 1958: Kansas State (10–2)

Big 8 Conference

  • 1959: Kansas State (14–0)
  • 1960: Kansas/Kansas State (10–4 apiece)
  • 1961: Kansas State (13–1)
  • 1962: Colorado (13–1)
  • 1963: Colorado/Kansas State (11–3 apiece)
  • 1964: Kansas State (12–2)
  • 1965: Oklahoma State (12–2)
  • 1966: Kansas (13–1)
  • 1967: Kansas (13–1)
  • 1968: Kansas State (11–3)
  • 1969: Colorado (10–4)
  • 1970: Kansas State (10–4)
  • 1971: Kansas (14–0)
  • 1972: Kansas State (12–2)
  • 1973: Kansas State (12–2)
  • 1974: Kansas (13–1)
  • 1975: Kansas (11–3)
  • 1976: Missouri (12–2)
  • 1977: Kansas State (11–3)
  • 1978: Kansas (13–1)
  • 1979: Oklahoma (10–4)
  • 1980: Missouri (11–3)
  • 1981: Missouri (10–4)
  • 1982: Missouri (12–2)
  • 1983: Missouri (12–2)
  • 1984: Oklahoma (13–1)
  • 1985: Oklahoma (13–1)
  • 1986: Kansas (13–1)
  • 1987: Missouri (11–3)
  • 1988: Oklahoma (12–2)
  • 1989: Oklahoma (12–2)
  • 1990: Missouri (12–2)
  • 1991: Kansas/Oklahoma State (10–4)
  • 1992: Kansas (11–3)
  • 1993: Kansas (11–3)
  • 1994: Missouri (14–0)
  • 1995: Kansas (11–3)
  • 1996: Kansas (12–2)

Tournament champions

All Big Eight men's basketball tournaments were held at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri

  • 1977: Kansas State
  • 1978: Missouri
  • 1979: Oklahoma
  • 1980: Kansas State
  • 1981: Kansas
  • 1982: Missouri
  • 1983: Oklahoma State
  • 1984: Kansas
  • 1985: Oklahoma
  • 1986: Kansas
  • 1987: Missouri
  • 1988: Oklahoma
  • 1989: Missouri
  • 1990: Oklahoma
  • 1991: Missouri
  • 1992: Kansas
  • 1993: Missouri
  • 1994: Nebraska
  • 1995: Oklahoma State
  • 1996: Iowa State

Football

Following are the MVIAA/Big Eight conference championships from 1907 to 1995.

  • Colorado (3 outright/5 total): 1961; 1976 (Co-Champions); 1989; 1990; 1991 (Co-Champions)
  • Iowa (0/1): 1907 (Co-Champions)
  • Iowa State (0/2): 1911 (Co-Champions); 1912 (Co-Champions)
  • Kansas (2/5): 1908; 1930; 1946 (Co-Champions); 1947 (Co-Champions); 1968 (Co-Champions)
  • Kansas State (1/1): 1934
  • Missouri (10/12): 1909; 1913 (Co-Champions); 1919; 1924; 1925; 1927; 1939; 1941; 1942; 1945; 1960; 1969 (Co-Champions)
  • Nebraska (30/41): 1907 (Co-Champions); 1910; 1911 (Co-Champions); 1912 (Co-Champions); 1913 (Co-Champions); 1914; 1915; 1916; 1917; 1921; 1922; 1923; 1928; 1929; 1931; 1932; 1933; 1935; 1936; 1937; 1940; 1963; 1964; 1965; 1966; 1969 (Co-Champions); 1970; 1971; 1972; 1975 (Co-Champions); 1978 (Co-Champions); 1981; 1982; 1983; 1984 (Co-Champions); 1988; 1991 (Co-Champions); 1992; 1993; 1994; 1995
  • Oklahoma (26/33): 1920; 1938; 1943; 1944; 1946 (Co-Champions); 1947 (Co-Champions); 1948; 1949; 1950; 1951; 1952; 1953; 1954; 1955; 1956; 1957; 1958; 1959; 1962; 1967; 1968 (Co-Champions); 1973; 1974; 1975 (Co-Champions); 1976 (Co-Champions); 1977; 1978 (Co-Champions); 1979; 1980; 1984 (Co-Champions); 1985; 1986; 1987
  • Oklahoma State (1/2): 1926; 1976 (Co-Champions)

Wrestling

Following are the MVIAA/Big Eight conference championships from 1907 to 1995.

  • Iowa State (13/14) 1929, 1933, 1937, 1941, 1947, 1958, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1987 (Co-Champions), 1993
  • Kansas State (3/3) 1931, 1939, 1940 [27]
  • Nebraska (2/2) 1949, 1995 [28]
  • Oklahoma (20/21) 1930, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1967, 1968 (Co-Champions), 1981, 1985, 1986[29]
  • Oklahoma State (22/24) 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968 (Co-Champions), 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1987 (Co-Champions), 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994

Oklahoma State did not accept the trophy in 1992. They are still listed as champions in the Big Eight record book.

NCAA National championships won by MVIAA/Big Eight Members (1907 to 1996)

Baseball

  • Missouri: 1954
  • Oklahoma: 1951, 1994[30]
  • Oklahoma State: 1959

Men's Basketball

  • Kansas: 1952, 1988
  • Oklahoma State: 1945, 1946

Oklahoma State won its national titles while a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, when it was known as Oklahoma A&M. Kansas was awarded two Helms Foundation national titles in 1922 and 1923 in the MIVAA.

Men's Cross Country

  • Kansas: 1953
  • Oklahoma State: 1954
  • Iowa State: 1989, 1994

Oklahoma State won its national title while a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, when it was known as Oklahoma A&M.

Men's Golf

  • Oklahoma: 1989
  • Oklahoma State: 1963, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995

Men's Gymnastics

  • Iowa State: 1971, 1973, 1974
  • Oklahoma: 1977, 1978, 1991
  • Nebraska: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1994

Football

  • Colorado: 1990
  • Nebraska: 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995
  • Oklahoma: 1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985

Skiing

  • Colorado: 1959, 1960. 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1991, 1995

Before 1983, the championship was for men's skiing.

Men's Indoor Track and Field

  • Missouri: 1965
  • Kansas: 1966, 1969, 1970

Men's Outdoor Track and Field

  • Kansas: 1959, 1960, 1970

Women's Indoor Track and Field

  • Nebraska: 1983, 1984

Women's Volleyball

  • Nebraska: 1995

Wrestling

  • Iowa State: 1933, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1987[31]
  • Oklahoma:1936, 1951, 1952, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1974
  • Oklahoma State: 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1989, 1990, 1994[32]

Conference facilities

This is a listing of the conference facilities as of the last year of the conference 1995-1996.

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arena Capacity Baseball Stadium Capacity
Colorado Folsom Field 51,655 Coors Events Center 11,065 Hasn't sponsored since 1980 N/A
Iowa State Jack Trice Stadium 43,000 Hilton Coliseum 14,356 Cap Timm Field 3,500
Kansas Memorial Stadium 50,250 Allen Fieldhouse 16,300 Hoglund Ballpark 2,500
Kansas State KSU Stadium 43,000 Bramlage Coliseum 12,528 Frank Myers Field 2,000
Missouri Faurot Field 62,023 Hearnes Center 13,611 Simmons Field 2,000
Nebraska Memorial Stadium 72,700 Bob Devaney Sports Center 13,595 Buck Beltzer Stadium 1,500
Oklahoma Owen Field 75,004 Lloyd Noble Center 11,528 L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park 2,700
Oklahoma State Lewis Field 50,614 Gallagher-Iba Arena 6,381 Allie P. Reynolds Stadium 3,821

See also

References

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