Big 12 Conference

Big 12 Conference

Infobox Athletic Conference
name = Big 12 Conference
short_name =
established = 1996

logo_size = 150
association = NCAA
division = Division I
subdivision = FBS
members = 12
sports = 21
mens = 10
womens = 11
region = Central United States
former_names =
hq_city = Irving
hq_stateabb = TX
hq_state = Texas
commissioner = Dan Beebe
since = 2007
website = http://www.big12sports.com/
color = ce1141
font_color = ffffff


map_size = 250
The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of twelve schools located mostly in the central United States. It is a member of the NCAA's Division I for all sports; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two levels of NCAA Division I football competition. The conference was officially formed on February 25, 1994, when the former Big Eight Conference merged with four Texas schools that had been members of the Southwest Conference, which had just disbanded. Athletic competition in the conference commenced on August 31, 1996. Big 12 headquarters is located in Irving, Texas, which is a suburb of Dallas. According to the Big 12 Conference's website, the use of the alternate names "Big Twelve" and "Big XII" are incorrect; the trademarked name of the conference is "Big 12 Conference" (notwithstanding the Roman numeral XII featured on the conference logo). [ [http://www.big12sports.com/aboutbig12/big12-aboutbig12.html Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site ] ]

Although all eight of the former Big 8 schools are members of the Big 12, the Big 12 does not claim the Big 8's history as its own. However, many fans of the old Big 8 schools consider the Big 12 to be an enlarged Big 8fact.

Membership

Commissioners

Commissioners of the Big 12 Conference [ [http://www.big12sports.com/genrel/090507aaa.html Dan Beebe Named Big 12 Conference Commissioner :: ] ]
*1995-1997 Steve Hatchell
*1998 Dave Martin (Interim)
*1998-2007 Kevin Weiberg
*2007-present Dan Beebe

ports

The conference sponsors championships in the following sports:
baseball (m), basketball (m,w), cross-country (m,w), football (m), golf (m,w), gymnastics (w), soccer (w), softball (w), swimming and diving (m,w), tennis (m,w), track and field (m,w), volleyball (w), wrestling (m)

Among the sponsored sports, all twelve universities participate in 12 sports, while the following sports do not have full participation:
*11 schools participate in volleyball (Oklahoma State does not)
*11 schools participate in women's soccer (Kansas State does not)
*10 schools participate in baseball (Colorado and Iowa State do not; Colorado discontinued its program following the 1980 season and Iowa State followed suit after the 2001 season)
*10 schools participate in softball (Colorado and Kansas State do not)
*7 schools participate in men's tennis (Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri do not)
*6 schools participate in women's swimming and diving (Kansas, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, and Texas A&M)
*5 schools participate in wrestling (Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State)
*4 schools participate in gymnastics (Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma)
*3 schools participate in men's swimming and diving (Missouri, Texas, and Texas A&M)

Additionally, member schools participate in the following sports, not organized by the conference:
*Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa State, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech participate in rodeo. (Rodeo is not sanctioned by the NCAA, but instead by the NIRA.)
*Kansas State, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M participate in equestrian. [ [http://www.varsityequestrian.com/universities.html Varsity Equestrian Universities] ]
*Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas participate in rowing.
*Nebraska participates in women's bowling and the coeducational sport of rifle.
*Colorado participates in skiing.

Football

There are many national football powerhouses in the Big 12 Conference, and when the league was formed, it was decided that the top team from the South Division would play the top team from the North Division at the end of the season to determine the conference champion.

Teams play eight conference games a season, facing all five opponents within its own division and three teams from the opposite division. Inter-divisional play is a "three-on, three-off" system, where teams will play three teams from the other division on a home-and-home basis for two seasons, and then play the other three foes from the opposite side for a two-year home-and-home.

This format has come under considerable criticism, especially from fans at Nebraska and Oklahoma, who are denied a yearly matchup between two of college football's most storied programs. The Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry was one of the most intense rivalries in college football history. (Until 2006, the teams had never met in the Big 12 Championship.) There has been talk of modifying the current format to allow each team to have one permanent opponent from the opposite division (as is the case in the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference), or for Nebraska and Oklahoma to play a non-conference game when the two teams are not scheduled to meet in conference play.

Rivalries

The Big 12 has many rivalries among its member schools, primarily in football. Most of the rivalries existed before the Big Eight and Southwest Conferences merged, but the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry is unique, as it was a major rivalry decades before the two schools were in the same conference. Some of the longstanding football rivalries between Big 12 schools include:

Big 12 regular season champions

*1997 - Kansas (15-1)
*1998 - Kansas (15-1)
*1999 - Texas (13-3)
*2000 - Iowa State (14-2)
*2001 - Iowa State (13-3)
*2002 - Kansas (16-0)
*2003 - Kansas (14-2)
*2004 - Oklahoma State (14-2)
*2005 - Oklahoma/Kansas (12-4)
*2006 - Texas/Kansas (13-3)
*2007 - Kansas (14-2)
*2008 - Texas/Kansas (13-3)

In 2005, Oklahoma won the post-season tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas based on their 71-63 home victory over the Jayhawks. [ [http://www.big12sports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/030605aah.html Kansas, Oklahoma Share Regular Season Big 12 Men's Basketball Title] ]

In 2006, Texas won the post-season tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas based on their 80-55 home victory over the Jayhawks. [ [http://www.big12sports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/030506aab.html Kansas, Texas Share Regular Season Big 12 Men's Basketball Title] ]

In 2008, Texas won the post-season tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas based on their 72-69 home victory over the Jayhawks. [http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/weekly-release.pdf]

Baseball

The top 8 teams compete in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament at the conclusion of each season. Colorado and Iowa State do not sponsor baseball.

In the 2008 Big 12 Baseball Tournament, The Texas Longhorns edged The Kansas State Wildcats, 15-7.

Champions by Year

By School

National championships

The following is a list of all the national championships held by member schools. Only championships 1996 and later should be counted towards the Big 12 total itself (40).Football (18):
1939 - Texas A&M
1950 - Oklahoma
1955 - Oklahoma
1956 - Oklahoma
1963 - Texas
1969 - Texas
1970 - Nebraska / Texas
1971 - Nebraska
1974 - Oklahoma
1975 - Oklahoma
1985 - Oklahoma
1990 - Colorado
1994 - Nebraska
1995 - Nebraska
1997 - Nebraska
2000 - Oklahoma
2005 - Texas

Baseball (10):
1949 - Texas
1950 - Texas
1951 - Oklahoma
1954 - Missouri
1959 - Oklahoma State
1975 - Texas
1983 - Texas
1994 - Oklahoma
2002 - Texas
2005 - Texas

Men's Basketball (7):
1922 - Kansas
1923 - Kansas
1945 - Oklahoma State
1946 - Oklahoma State
1952 - Kansas
1988 - Kansas
2008 - Kansas

Women's Basketball (3):
1986 - Texas
1993 - Texas Tech
2005 - Baylor

Women's Bowling (4):
1999 - Nebraska
2001 - Nebraska
2004 - Nebraska
2005 - Nebraska

Men's Cross Country (7):
1953 - Kansas
1954 - Oklahoma State
1989 - Iowa State
1994 - Iowa State
2001 - Colorado
2004 - Colorado
2006 - Colorado

Women's Cross Country (3):
1986 - Texas
2000 - Colorado
2004 - Colorado

Men's Golf (13):
1963 - Oklahoma State
1971 - Texas
1972 - Texas
1976 - Oklahoma State
1978 - Oklahoma State
1980 - Oklahoma State
1983 - Oklahoma State
1987 - Oklahoma State
1989 - Oklahoma
1991 - Oklahoma State
1995 - Oklahoma State
2000 - Oklahoma State
2006 - Oklahoma State

Men's Gymnastics (18):
1971 - Iowa State
1973 - Iowa State
1974 - Iowa State
1977 - Oklahoma
1978 - Oklahoma
1979 - Nebraska
1980 - Nebraska
1981 - Nebraska
1982 - Nebraska
1983 - Nebraska
1988 - Nebraska
1990 - Nebraska
1991 - Oklahoma
1994 - Nebraska
2002 - Oklahoma
2003 - Oklahoma
2005 - Oklahoma
2006 - Oklahoma
2008 - Oklahoma

Men's Indoor Track (4):
1965 - Missouri
1966 - Kansas
1969 - Kansas
1970 - Kansas

Women's Indoor Track (8):
1983 - Nebraska
1984 - Nebraska
1986 - Texas
1988 - Texas
1989 - Texas
1998 - Texas
1999 - Texas
2006 - Texas

Men's Outdoor Track (3):
1959 - Kansas
1960 - Kansas
1970 - Kansas
Women's Outdoor Track (5):
1982 - Texas
1986 - Texas
1998 - Texas
1999 - Texas
2005 - Texas

Men's/Women's Skiing (16):
1959 - Colorado
1960 - Colorado
1972 - Colorado
1973 - Colorado
1974 - Colorado
1975 - Colorado
1976 - Colorado
1977 - Colorado
1978 - Colorado
1979 - Colorado
1982 - Colorado
1991 - Colorado
1995 - Colorado
1998 - Colorado
1999 - Colorado
2006 - Colorado

Softball (3):
1983 - Texas A&M
1987 - Texas A&M
2000 - Oklahoma

Men's Swimming (9):
1981 - Texas
1988 - Texas
1989 - Texas
1990 - Texas
1991 - Texas
1996 - Texas
2000 - Texas
2001 - Texas
2002 - Texas

Women's Swimming (9):
1981 - Texas
1982 - Texas
1984 - Texas
1985 - Texas
1986 - Texas
1987 - Texas
1988 - Texas
1990 - Texas
1991 - Texas

Men's Tennis (1):
2004 - Baylor

Women's Tennis (2):
1992 - Texas
1995 - Texas

Women's Volleyball (5):
1981 - Texas
1988 - Texas
1995 - Nebraska
2000 - Nebraska
2006 - Nebraska
Wrestling (49):
1928 - Oklahoma State
1929 - Oklahoma State
1930 - Oklahoma State
1931 - Oklahoma State
1933 - Iowa State/Oklahoma State
1934 - Oklahoma State
1935 - Oklahoma State
1936 - Oklahoma
1937 - Oklahoma State
1938 - Oklahoma State
1939 - Oklahoma State
1940 - Oklahoma State
1941 - Oklahoma State
1942 - Oklahoma State
1946 - Oklahoma State
1948 - Oklahoma State
1949 - Oklahoma State
1951 - Oklahoma
1952 - Oklahoma
1954 - Oklahoma State
1955 - Oklahoma State
1956 - Oklahoma State
1957 - Oklahoma
1958 - Oklahoma State
1959 - Oklahoma State
1960 - Oklahoma
1961 - Oklahoma State
1962 - Oklahoma State
1963 - Oklahoma
1964 - Oklahoma State
1965 - Iowa State
1966 - Oklahoma State
1968 - Oklahoma State
1969 - Iowa State
1970 - Iowa State
1971 - Oklahoma State
1972 - Iowa State
1973 - Iowa State
1974 - Oklahoma
1977 - Iowa State
1987 - Iowa State
1989 - Oklahoma State
1990 - Oklahoma State
1994 - Oklahoma State
2003 - Oklahoma State
2004 - Oklahoma State
2005 - Oklahoma State
2006 - Oklahoma State

National team titles by institution

*Oklahoma State - 48
*Texas - 47
*Oklahoma - 26
*Colorado - 22
*Nebraska - 22
*Iowa State - 13
*Kansas - 12
*Texas A&M - 3
*Baylor - 2
*Missouri - 2
*Texas Tech - 1
*Kansas State - 0

National team titles since 1996

*Texas - 13
*Colorado - 8
*Nebraska - 7
*Oklahoma - 7
*Oklahoma State - 6
*Baylor - 2
*Kansas - 1
*Iowa State - 0
*Kansas State - 0
*Missouri - 0
*Texas A&M - 0
*Texas Tech - 0

Conference champions

The Big 12 Conference sponsors 21 sports, 10 men's and 11 women's.

In football, divisional titles are awarded based on regular-season conference results, with the teams with the best conference records from the North and South playing the in the Big 12 Championship Game for the Big 12 title. Baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, and tennis titles are awarded in both regular-season and tournament play. Cross country, golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, track and field, and wrestling titles are awarded during an annual meet of participating teams. The volleyball title is awarded based on regular-season play.

Big 12 Conference titles by school

"As of 29 May 2008"

North Division
*Nebraska - 63
*Colorado - 27
*Kansas - 18
*Iowa State - 10
*Kansas State - 7
*Missouri - 2

South Division
*Texas - 93
*Texas A&M - 36
*Oklahoma - 31
*Baylor - 29
*Oklahoma State - 27
*Texas Tech - 8

:"List includes both regular-season and tournament titles."

References

External links

* [http://www.big12sports.com/ Big 12 Conference]
** [http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/record_book.pdf Big 12 Record Book - Men's Baseball]
** [http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/record_book.pdf Big 12 Record Book - Men's Basketball]
** [http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/w-baskbl/auto_pdf/record_book.pdf Big 12 Record Book - Women's Basketball]
** [http://www.big12sports.com/sports/c-xc/spec-rel/big12-cc-record-books.html Big 12 Record Book - Cross Country]
** [http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/record_book.pdf Big 12 Record Book - Men's Football]
** [http://www.big12sports.com/sports/c-golf/spec-rel/record-book.html Big 12 Record Book - Golf]
** [http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/c-gym/auto_pdf/record_book.pdf Big 12 Record Book - Women's Gymnastics]
** [http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/w-soccer/auto_pdf/record_book.pdf Big 12 Record Book - Women's Soccer]
** [http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/w-softbl/auto_pdf/record_book.pdf Big 12 Record Book - Women's Softball]
** [http://www.big12sports.com/sports/c-swim/spec-rel/record-book.html Big 12 Record Book - Swimming & Diving]
** [http://www.big12sports.com/sports/c-tennis/spec-rel/record-book.html Big 12 Record Book - Tennis]
** [http://www.big12sports.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/record-book.html Big 12 Record Book - Track & Field]
** [http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/w-volley/auto_pdf/record_book.pdf Big 12 Record Book - Women's Volleyball]
** [http://graphics.fansonly.com/photos/schools/big12/sports/m-wrestl/auto_pdf/record_book.pdf Big 12 Record Book - Men's Wrestling]

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