The Big 12 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Irving, Texas. The conference consists of ten full-member universities. It is a member of Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 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. Its ten members, located in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia, include eight public and two private, Christian schools. Additionally, the Big 12 has 11 affiliate members, eight for the sport of wrestling, one for women's gymnastics, and two for women's rowing. The Big 12 Conference is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in Delaware.
The Big 12 Conference was founded on February 25, 1994. The eight members of the former Big Eight Conference joined with Southwest Conference schools Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Texas Tech to form the new Big 12 Conference, which commenced competition on August 31, 1996. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were grouped with the four former SWC schools in the Big 12 South division, while the other six teams of the former Big Eight (Kansas, Kansas State, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa State) formed the Big 12 North division.
The conference's current 10-campus makeup resulted from the 2010–13 Big 12 Conference realignment, in which Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference, Colorado joined the Pac-12, and Missouri and Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference. TCU and West Virginia joined from the Mountain West and Big East Conferences respectively to offset two of the departing schools, bringing the conference to its current strength.
The Big 12 Conference, like others involved in the realignment, has kept its name primarily for marketing purposes; the conference has high name recognition and remains one of the Power Five conferences which are considered the primary contenders to produce a College Football Playoff champion team in any given year. Attempts to rename the Big 12 to reflect its current strength would lead to confusion with the current Big Ten Conference (which currently has 14 teams).
The Big 12 Conference commissioner is Bob Bowlsby.
|Big 12 Conference|
|Established||February 25, 1994|
|Members||10 + 11 affiliate members|
|Commissioner||Bob Bowlsby (since 2012)|
|Baylor University||Waco, Texas||1845||1996||Private||16,787||Bears/Lady Bears|
|Iowa State University||Ames, Iowa||1858||Public||36,660||Cyclones|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence, Kansas||1865||28,091||Jayhawks|
|Kansas State University||Manhattan, Kansas||1863||23,779||Wildcats|
|University of Oklahoma||Norman, Oklahoma||1890||30,824||Sooners|
|Oklahoma State University||Stillwater, Oklahoma||1890||23,459||Cowboys/Cowgirls|
|Texas Christian University||Fort Worth, Texas||1873||2012||Private||10,394||Horned Frogs|
|University of Texas at Austin||Austin, Texas||1883||1996||Public||50,950||Longhorns|
|Texas Tech University||Lubbock, Texas||1923||38,300||Red Raiders|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, West Virginia||1867||2012||31,287||Mountaineers|
|United States Air Force Academy||Colorado Springs, Colorado||1954||2015||Military academy||4,000||Falcons||Wrestling|
|University of Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Alabama||1831||2014||Public||36,155||Crimson Tide||Women's rowing|
|University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||1864||2015||Private||11,809||Pioneers||Women's gymnastics|
|California State University, Fresno||Fresno, California||1911||2017||Public||24,405||Bulldogs||Wrestling|
|University of Northern Colorado||Greeley, Colorado||1889||2015||12,084||Bears|
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, Iowa||1876||2017||13,914||Panthers|
|North Dakota State University||Fargo, North Dakota||1890||2015||14,747||Bison|
|South Dakota State University||Brookings, South Dakota||1881||2015||12,554||Jackrabbits|
|University of Tennessee||Knoxville, Tennessee||1794||2014||27,523||Volunteers||Women's rowing|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, Utah||1941||2015||31,556||Wolverines||Wrestling|
|University of Wyoming||Laramie, Wyoming||1886||2015||13,992||Cowboys|
|University of Colorado Boulder||Boulder, Colorado||1876||1996||2011||Public||30,128||Buffaloes||Pac-12|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri||1839||2012||34,255||Tigers||SEC|
|University of Nebraska–Lincoln||Lincoln, Nebraska||1869||2011||24,100||Cornhuskers||Big Ten|
|Texas A&M University||College Station, Texas||1876||2012||53,337||Aggies||SEC|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||2014||2018||Public||24,125||Monarchs||Women's rowing||The American|
Full members Assoc. member (Other sports) Other Conference
The Big 12 Conference sponsors championship competition in ten men's and thirteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports.
|Swimming & Diving||3||5|
|Track and Field (Indoor)||9||10|
|Track and Field (Outdoor)||9||10|
|North Dakota State||1|
|South Dakota State||1|
Men's (and Coed – see Rifle) varsity sports not sponsored by the Big 12 Conference which are played by Big 12 schools:
|Oklahoma||Mountain Pacific Sports Federation||No||No|
|TCU||No||Patriot Rifle Conference||No|
|West Virginia||No||Great America Rifle Conference||Mid-American Conference|
Women's (and Coed – see Rifle) varsity sports not sponsored by the Big 12 Conference which are played by Big 12 schools:
|TCU||Coastal Collegiate Sports Association||Patriot Rifle Conference|
|West Virginia||No||Great America Rifle Conference|
The Big 12 Conference is a major college athletic conference in the United States, having formed in February 1994 when four prominent colleges from Texas that were members of the Southwest Conference were invited to join the eight members of the Big Eight Conference to form a new 12 member conference. The Big 12 does not claim the Big Eight's history as its own, even though it was essentially the Big Eight plus the four Texas schools.
The Big 12 began athletic play in the fall of 1996, with the Texas Tech vs. Kansas State football game being the first-ever sports event staged by the conference. From its formation until 2011, its 12 members competed in two divisions. Between 2011 and 2012 four charter members left the conference, while two schools joined in 2012.
The Big 12 is unique among the current "Power Five" conferences in that it only has 10 members, despite the name, causing some confusion. From 1987 to 2015, 12 or more members were required for an "exempt" conference championship game—that is, one that did not count against NCAA limits for regular-season games (currently 12 in FBS)—although the first such game was not established until the SEC did so in 1992. (Since the 2014 season, the Pac-12 has 12 members, while the ACC, Big Ten, and SEC have 14 football members each.)
Former Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds and former football coach Mack Brown, along with Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, preferred not to have a championship game. Critics argued it was a competitive advantage over other contract conferences. Conferences with a championship game have their division champions typically play one of their toughest games of the year in the last week of the regular season. Unlike the other "Power 5" conferences in which a team only plays a portion of the other teams in the conference each season, each Big 12 team plays the other nine teams during its conference schedule. This theoretically allows for the declaration of a de facto champion without the need for an additional rematch between the top two teams in the conference.
On June 3, 2016, the conference announced it would reinstate the football championship game in the 2017 season. This followed the passage of a new NCAA rule allowing all FBS conferences to hold "exempt" football championship games regardless of their membership numbers.
The Big 12 schools are located in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, West Virginia and Iowa. These states have a combined population of 37.8 million.
As of 2013, out of the 115.6 million TV households nationwide there are only 13,427,130 TV households in those states (11.6%), although Morgantown, West Virginia where WVU is based is in the Pittsburgh television market, which increases the Big 12's television base well into Pennsylvania, and Lawrence, Kansas, where KU is based, is in the Kansas City television market, increasing the base into western Missouri. The Big 12's share of the nation's TVs is similar to that reached by the rest of the Power Five. The conference negotiated tier 1 and 2 TV contracts with total payouts similar to those of the other Power Five conferences.
Member schools granted their first and second tier sports media rights to the conference for the length of their current TV deals. The Grant of Rights (GOR) deal with the leagues' TV contracts ensures that "if a Big 12 school leaves for another league in the next 13 years, that school's media rights, including revenue, would remain with the Big 12 and not its new conference."
GOR is seen by league members as a "foundation of stability" and allowed the Big 12 to be "positioned with one of the best media rights arrangements in collegiate sports, providing the conference and its members unprecedented revenue growth, and sports programming over two networks." All members agreed to the GOR and later agreed to extend the initial 6-year deal to 13 years to correspond to the length of their TV contracts.
Prior to this agreement, the Big Ten and Pac-12 also had similar GOR agreements. The Big 12 subsequently assisted the ACC in drafting its GOR agreement. Four of the five major conferences now have such agreements, with the SEC the only exception.
The Big 12 is the only major conference that allows members to monetize TV rights for tier 3 events in football and men's basketball. This allows individual Big 12 member institutions to create tier 3 deals that include TV rights for one home football game and four home men's basketball games per season. Tier 3 rights exist for other sports as well, but these are not unique to the Big 12. The unique arrangement potentially allows Big 12 members to remain some of college sports' highest revenue earners. Other conferences' cable deals are subject to value reductions based on how people acquire cable programming; Big 12 schools' tier 3 deals are exempt. Texas alone will earn more than $150 million of that total from their Longhorn Network.
Conference revenue comes mostly from television contracts, bowl games, the NCAA, merchandise, licensing and conference-hosted sporting events. The Conference distributes revenue annually to member institutions. From 1996 to 2011, 57 percent of revenue was allotted equally; while 43 percent was based upon the number of football and men's basketball television appearances and other factors. In 2011, the distribution was 76 percent equal and 24 percent based on television appearances. Changing the arrangement requires a unanimous vote; as a Big 12 member, Nebraska and Texas A&M had withheld support for more equitable revenue distribution.
With this model, larger schools can receive more revenue because they appear more often on television. In 2006, for example, Texas received $10.2 million, 44% more than Baylor University's $7.1 million.
Big 12 revenue was generally less than other BCS conferences; this was due in part to television contracts signed with Fox Sports Net (four years for $48 million) and ABC/ESPN (eight years for $480 million).
In 2011, the Big 12 announced a new 13-year media rights deal with Fox that would ensure that every Big 12 home football game is televised, as well as greatly increasing coverage of women's basketball, conference championships and other sports. The deal, valued at an estimated $1.1 billion, runs until 2025. In 2012, the conference announced a new ESPN/FOX agreement, replacing the current ABC/ESPN deal, to immediately increase national media broadcasts of football and increase conference revenue; the new deal was estimated to be worth $2.6 billion through the 2025 expiration. The two deals pushed the conference per-school payout to approximately $20 million per year, while separating third-tier media rights into separate deals for each school; such contracts secured an additional $6 million to $20 million per school annually. The per-school payout under the deal is expected to reach $44 million, according to Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
Revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/ground, maintenance, utilities and rental fees and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues and insurance costs. Data is from United States Department of Education.
|2014–15 Conference Rank||Institution||2014–15 Total Revenue from Athletics||2014–15 Total Expenses on Athletics||2014–15 Average Spending per student-athlete|
|1||University of Texas at Austin||$179,555,311||$152,853,239||$218,050|
|2||University of Oklahoma||$135,660,070||$124,732,244||$170,866|
|4||University of Kansas||$103,326,170||$103,326,170||$177,536|
|5||West Virginia University||$87,265,473||$87,265,473||$147,159|
|6||Oklahoma State University||$85,645,208||$80,196,450||$123,189|
|7||Texas Christian University||$80,608,562||$80,608,562||$145,766|
|8||Kansas State University||$76,245,188||$66,449,920||$110,016|
|9||Texas Tech University||$69,858,256||$64,245,380||$123,207|
|10||Iowa State University||$65,733,110||$65,658,901||$129,396|
|School||Football stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Baseball stadium||Capacity|
|Baylor||McLane Stadium||45,140||Ferrell Center||10,284||Baylor Ballpark||5,000|
|Iowa State||Jack Trice Stadium||61,500||Hilton Coliseum||14,356||Non-baseball school*|
|Kansas||David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium||50,071||Allen Fieldhouse||16,300||Hoglund Ballpark||2,500|
|Kansas State||Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium||50,000||Bramlage Coliseum||12,528||Tointon Family Stadium||2,000|
|Oklahoma||Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium||86,112||Lloyd Noble Center||11,562||L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park||3,180|
|Oklahoma State||Boone Pickens Stadium||56,790||Gallagher-Iba Arena||13,611||Allie P. Reynolds Stadium||3,821|
|Texas||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium||100,119||Frank Erwin Center||16,540||UFCU Disch-Falk Field||6,649|
|TCU||Amon G. Carter Stadium||45,000||Schollmaier Arena||6,700||Lupton Stadium||4,500|
|Texas Tech||Jones AT&T Stadium||60,862||United Supermarkets Arena||15,098||Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park||4,528|
|West Virginia||Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium||60,000||WVU Coliseum||14,000||Monongalia County Ballpark||3,500|
*Iowa State discontinued its participation in baseball as an NCAA-recognized activity following the 2001 season. It participates in club baseball as a member of the National Club Baseball Association. Games are played at Cap Timm Field, capacity 3,000.
The following is a list of all NCAA, equestrian, and college football championships won by teams that were representing the Big 12 Conference in NCAA-recognized sports at the time of their championship.
Men's Basketball (1):
Women's Basketball (4):
Women's Bowling (5):
Men's Cross Country (6):
Women's Cross Country (2):
Men's Golf (6):
Women's Gymnastics (4):
Men's Gymnastics (9):
Women's Indoor Track (3):
Men's Outdoor Track (3):
Women's Outdoor Track (7):
Men's/Women's Skiing (4):
Men's Swimming (7):
Men's Tennis (1):
Women's Volleyball (3):
The national championships listed below are as of March 2016. Football, Helms, pre-NCAA competition and overall equestrian titles are included in the total, but excluded from the column listing NCAA and AIAW titles.
|Big 12 National Championships|
|School||Total titles||Titles as a member
of the Big 12
|NCAA titles||AIAW titles||Notes|
|Texas||52||18||44||4||UT has 4 recognized football titles|
|Oklahoma||38||15||30||OU has 7 recognized NCAA football titles|
|West Virginia||22||4||19||WVU has 3 pre-NCAA rifle titles|
|Kansas||13||2||11||KU has 2 Helms basketball titles|
|TCU||6||0||4||TCU has 2 recognized football titles|
|Baylor||5||4||4||Baylor has 1 Equestrian title|
The Conference sponsors 23 sports, 10 men's and 13 women's.
In football, divisional titles were awarded based on regular-season conference results, with the teams with the best conference records from the North and South playing in the Big 12 Championship Game from 1996 to 2010. Baseball, basketball, softball, tennis and women's soccer 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.
Titles as of June 2018.
Note, includes both regular-season, tournament titles, and co-championships. List does not include conference championships won prior to the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
The first football game in conference play was Texas Tech vs. Kansas State in 1996, won by Kansas State, 21–14.
From 1996 to 2010, Big 12 Conference teams played eight conference games a season. Each team faced all five opponents within its own division and three teams from the opposite division. Inter-divisional play was a "three-on, three-off" system, where teams would 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 came under considerable criticism, especially from Nebraska and Oklahoma, who were denied a yearly match between two of college football's most storied programs. The Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry was one of the most intense in college football history. (Until 2006, the teams had never met in the Big 12 Championship.) Due to the departure of Nebraska and Colorado in 2011, the Big 12 eliminated the divisions (and championship game) and instituted a nine-game round-robin format. With the advent of the College Football Playoff committee looking at teams' strength of schedule for picking the four playoff teams, on December 8, 2015 the Big 12 announced an annual requirement for all Big 12 teams to schedule a non-conference game against a team from the four other Power Five conferences (plus Notre Dame). Per Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby: "Schedule strength is a key component in CFP Selection Committee deliberations. This move will strengthen the resumes for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round robin Conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the Conference."
The Big 12 Championship Game game was approved by all members except Nebraska. It was held each year, commencing with the first match in the 1996 season at the Trans World Dome in St. Louis. It pitted the division champions against each other after the regular season was completed.
In April 2015, the ACC and the Big 12 developed new rules for the NCAA to deregulate conference championship games. The measure passed on January 14, 2016, allowing a conference with fewer than 12 teams to stage a championship game that does not count against the FBS limit of 12 regular-season games under either of the following circumstances:
Under the first criterion, the Big 12 championship game will resume at the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, and will be played during the first weekend of December, the time all other Division I FBS conference championship games are played.
As of 2018. (see 2018–19 NCAA football bowl games)
|–||College Football Playoff||–||–|
|1||Sugar Bowl†||New Orleans, Louisiana||SEC|
|2||Alamo Bowl||San Antonio, Texas||Pac-12|
|3||Camping World Bowl||Orlando, Florida||ACC|
|4||Texas Bowl||Houston, Texas||SEC|
|5||Liberty Bowl||Memphis, Tennessee||SEC|
|6||Cheez-It Bowl||Tempe, Arizona||Pac-12|
|7||Armed Forces Bowl||Fort Worth, Texas||American|
|†:The Big 12 champion will go to the Sugar Bowl unless selected for the College Football Playoff. In the event that the conference champion is selected for the playoff, the conference runner up will go to the Sugar Bowl.|
Rivalries (primarily in football) mostly predate the conference. The Kansas-Missouri rivalry was the longest running, the longest west of the Mississippi and the second longest in college football. It was played 119 times before Missouri left the Big 12. As of October 2012, the University of Kansas' athletic department had not accepted Missouri's invitations to play inter-conference rivalry games, putting the rivalry on hold. Sports clubs sponsored by the two universities continued to play each other.
The rivalry between TCU and Baylor, known as the Revivalry is also one of the longest running in college football, with the two schools having played each other — largely as Southwest Conference members — 112 times since 1899. As of the 2016 game, TCU leads the series 53–52–7.
The Oklahoma-Texas rivalry, the Red River Showdown is one year younger and has been played 108 times. This was a major rivalry decades before they were both in the conference, starting the year after the Revivalry in 1900. Currently Texas leads this rivalry 60–44–5.
Some of the longstanding football rivalries between Big 12 schools include:
|Baylor–Texas Tech||Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout||74||1929|
|Iowa State-Kansas State||Farmageddon||98||1917|
|Kansas–Kansas State||Sunflower Showdown||Governor's Cup||112||1902|
|Oklahoma-Oklahoma State||Bedlam||Bedlam Bell||109||1904|
|Oklahoma–Texas||Red River Showdown||Golden Hat||110||1900|
|TCU–Texas Tech||The West Texas Championship||The Saddle Trophy||58||1926|
|Texas–Texas Tech||Chancellor's Spurs||64||1928|
|Baylor–Texas A&M||Battle of the Brazos||108||1899||2011|
|Iowa State–Missouri||Telephone Trophy||104||1896||2011|
|Kansas–Missouri||Border War||Indian War Drum||120||1891||2011|
|Missouri–Oklahoma||Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe||96||1902||2011|
|Texas A&M–Texas Tech||70||1927||2011|
|Texas–Texas A&M||Lone Star Showdown||Lone Star Showdown Trophy||118||1894||2011|
From 1996 to 2011, standings in conference play were not split among divisions, although the schedule was structured as if they were. Teams played a home-and-home against teams within their "division"s and a single game against teams from the opposite division for a total of 16 conference games. After Nebraska and Colorado left, Big 12 play transitioned to an 18-game, double round robin schedule.
Big 12 basketball teams played non-division members only once and in-division members twice during the regular season in a 16-game schedule until the 2012-13 season when its ten teams adopted a "home and away" double round robin 18-game schedule. The conference tournament gave first round byes to the top four teams from 1997 until 2012, and the top six teams 2013 to present.
Kansas has the most Big 12 titles, winning or sharing the regular-season title 17 times in the league's 21 seasons. The 2002 Jayhawks became the first, and so far only, team to complete an undefeated Big 12 regular season, going 16–0. As of the 2017-2018 season, Kansas had won or shared 14 straight regular-season league titles and 16 of the past 17. Though rematches between Big 12 regular season co-champions have happened in that year's Big 12 tournament, none have met in the ensuing NCAA Tournament.
|Season||Regular Season Champion||Tournament Champion|
|1997–98||Kansas (2)||Kansas (2)|
|1999–00||Iowa State||Iowa State|
|2000–01||Iowa State (2)||Oklahoma|
|2001–02||Kansas (3)||Oklahoma (2)|
|2002–03||Kansas (4)||Oklahoma (3)|
|2003–04||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State|
|Oklahoma State (2)|
|2006–07||Kansas (7)||Kansas (5)|
|2009–10||Kansas (10)||Kansas (7)|
|2010–11||Kansas (11)||Kansas (8)|
|2011–12||Kansas (12)||Missouri (2)|
|2013–14||Kansas (14)||Iowa State (2)|
|2014–15||Kansas (15)||Iowa State (3)|
|2015–16||Kansas (16)||Kansas (10)|
|2016–17||Kansas (17)||Iowa State (4)|
|2017-18||Kansas (18)||Kansas (11)|
|2018-19||Kansas State (2)
|Iowa State (5)|
In 2004–05, Oklahoma won the Big 12 Tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas based on its 71–63 win over the Jayhawks in Norman, OK. The teams did not meet in Kansas City, MO.
In 2005–06, Texas won the Big 12 Tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas based on its 80–55 win over the Jayhawks in Austin, TX. Kansas beat Texas 80–68 in the Big 12 Tournament championship game in Dallas, TX.
In 2007–08, Texas won the Big 12 Tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas based on its 72–69 win over the Jayhawks in Austin, TX. Kansas beat Texas 84-74 in the Big 12 Tournament championship game in Kansas City, MO.
In 2012–13, Kansas won the Big 12 Tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas State based on winning 59–55 in Manhattan and 83–62 in Lawrence. Kansas beat Kansas State for a third time 70-54 in the championship game in Kansas City, MO.
Totals though the end of the 2015-16 season.
Totals though the end of the 2018–19 season.
|Team||Big 12 Record||Big 12 Winning %||Overall Record||Overall Winning %||Big 12 Regular Season Championships||Big 12 Tournament Championships|
Totals though the end of the 2015–16 season.
|Baylor||Iowa State||Kansas||Kansas State||Oklahoma||Oklahoma State||TCU||Texas||Texas Tech||West Virginia|
|vs. Iowa State||16–13||—||12–33||22–20||13–17||12–17||8–0||11–17||14–13||5–3|
|vs. Kansas State||12–16||20–22||5–44||—||12–14||11–17||7–2||12–15||15–13||3–5|
|vs. Oklahoma State||28–15||17–12||10–22||17–11||19–25||—||6–2||17–29||32–15||4–4|
|vs. Texas Tech||20–21||13–14||4–24||13–15||14–28||15–32||6–3||6–38||—||1–8|
|vs. West Virginia||3–6||3–5||3–6||5–3||3–6||4–4||9–0||3–6||8–1||—|
All current Big 12 members sponsor baseball except Iowa State, which dropped the sport after the 2001 season. All former Big 12 members sponsored the sport throughout their tenures in the conference except Colorado, which never sponsored baseball during its time in the Big 12.
|School||Appearances||W-L||Pct||Tourney Titles||Title Years|
|Nebraska||10||28–10||.737||4||1999, 2000, 2001, 2005|
|Oklahoma State||19||25–35||.417||2||2004, 2017|
|Texas||18||41–29||.586||5||2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2015|
|Texas A&M||13||24–18||.571||3||2007, 2010, 2011|
Big 12 home football games are carried through Fox Sports or ESPN. Fox Sports may choose to place the game on the FOX broadcast network, on its cable networks FS1 or FS2. Low-profile games may be carried on FSN, a national or regional broadcast on Fox Sports’ regional networks, or on the Fox College Sports networks. ESPN may choose to place the games on the ABC broadcast network, or on cable networks ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. ESPN may also display the games through its online streaming services, ESPN3 or ESPN+. The Big 12 Championship game was first broadcast by FOX in 2017, and will alternate with ESPN in the coming years. Non-conference away games are subject to the home teams' broadcasting contracts, so games may appear on other networks. (For example, West Virginia played against Tennessee in Charlotte, NC on September 1, 2018; the game was carried on CBS as part of the SEC on CBS deal.)
The majority of Big 12 home men's basketball games are produced by ESPN. They may be carried on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The Big 12 features in ESPN's Big Monday telecast, which has an exclusive 8 PM CT window for the Big 12. Occasional high-profile Saturday games may be picked up for national broadcast by CBS. The Big 12 men's basketball tournament is produced by ESPN and is carried on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU during the same week when those networks carry the SEC, ACC, and Pac-12 tournaments among others.
Some women's basketball games may be produced by Fox Sports and carried on FS1. The women's basketball tournament is produced by Fox Sports.
ESPN may occasionally pick up a volleyball, soccer, women's gymnastics, softball, or baseball contest for coverage on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. The championship tournaments for soccer, softball, and baseball are produced by Fox Sports.
Athletic events not selected for national broadcast are often produced by the athletic department of the home team. This is particularly common for regular season volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, women's basketball, softball, baseball, tennis, and golf events. These locally produced telecasts are carried on a variety of outlets, including regional Fox Sports networks, the Longhorn Network, or online-only platforms.
When the Southwest Conference busted and the major four came to the Big Eight ...
Texas and Texas Tech voted...to...join the Big Eight.
This is the place when we always announce the revenue distribution for the year, and we will be distributing 145 million [dollars] to our member institutions at the conclusion of this year.
[...] and then it ultimately peaks out at about 44 million dollars per school in the late stages of our television agreement.
The 1996 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin during the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were represented in the Big 12 Conference in the South Division in its first season in existence. They played their home games at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The team was led by head coach John Mackovic.2001 Colorado Buffaloes football team
The 2001 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder during the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team played their home games at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado. They participated in the Big 12 Conference in the North Division. They were coached by head coach Gary Barnett. Colorado played in the Big 12 Championship Game for the first time and secured its first BCS bowl berth.2003 Kansas State Wildcats football team
The 2003 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bill Snyder. The Wildcats played their home games in KSU Stadium. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 11–4, and a Big 12 Conference record of 6–2. They notched a stunning 35–7 victory over the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship Game. With their first conference championship since 1934, they earned a berth in one of the Bowl Championship Series bowl games, the 2004 Fiesta Bowl, where they were defeated by the Ohio State Buckeyes, 35–28. The Wildcats played 15 games, most in school history.
During the 2002 and 2003 seasons teams were allowed to schedule 12 games as well as a kickoff game. As a result, Kansas State became only the second team in the modern era to play a 15-game schedule. The first was the 1996 BYU Cougars.
Running back Darren Sproles led the nation in rushing, and the Wildcats scored 549 points, good for third all-time at Kansas State.This remains the only season in college football history in which Kansas State, Kansas, and Missouri all played in a bowl game in the same season.2009 Big 12 Championship Game
The 2009 Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game was held on December 5, 2009 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The divisional winners from the Big 12 Conference squared off in the 14th edition of the game. The Texas Longhorns represented the South Division and the Nebraska Cornhuskers represented the North. Texas won 13–12 on a last second field goal by placekicker Hunter Lawrence.
On the play immediately prior to Lawrence's field goal, as the game clock ticked down Texas quarterback Colt McCoy rolled far to the right, with Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh in hot pursuit, and threw a pass well downfield and out of bounds. The game clock ran out, which would have ended the game, with Nebraska appearing to win 12–10. However, pursuant to Rule 12-3-6, the video replay official determined that an "egregious", and therefore reviewable, error concerning the game clock had occurred and ordered the errantly elapsed one second be returned to the clock. The ESPN/ABC video feed showed that McCoy's pass hit a stadium railing out of bounds with :01 left, allowing Texas to kick the winning field goal to advance to the BCS title game. This controversy has led to the game being called by some followers as One Second Left. After the game, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said that the 1 second rule was part of a BCS conspiracy.
The game was the third championship tilt between the Cornhuskers and Longhorns. Unranked Texas upset #3 Nebraska 37–27 in 1996 in St. Louis, Missouri, while #2 Nebraska beat #12 Texas 22–6 in 1999 in San Antonio, Texas. Texas is now 3–2 in the conference title game; Nebraska fell to 2–3. Texas is second in Big 12 Championship titles to Oklahoma, who own 7 conference titles.
Per Big 12 policy, Nebraska was declared the home team because the game took place in a home state of four Big 12 South teams. Designated "home" teams are 9–5 in Big 12 Championship Games. The South Division has won 6 years in a row and is 10–4 overall.2014 TCU Horned Frogs football team
The 2014 TCU Horned Frogs football team represented Texas Christian University (TCU) in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Playing as a member of the Big 12 Conference (Big 12), the team was led by head coach Gary Patterson, in his 14th year, and played its home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. They finished the season 12–1, 8–1 in Big 12 play to win a share of the Big 12 title with Baylor. They were invited to the Peach Bowl where they defeated Ole Miss.2019 Iowa State Cyclones football team
The 2019 Iowa State Cyclones football team will represent Iowa State University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cyclones will compete as members of the Big 12 Conference and will be led by fourth-year head coach Matt Campbell. They will play their home games at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.2019 Kansas State Wildcats football team
The 2019 Kansas State Wildcats football team will represent Kansas State University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats will play their home games at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas and will compete in the Big 12 Conference. They will be led by first-year head coach Chris Klieman, who accepted the role after the retirement of long-time head coach Bill Snyder.2019 West Virginia Mountaineers football team
The 2019 West Virginia Mountaineers football team will represent West Virginia University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Mountaineers will play their home games at the Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, in Morgantown, West Virginia, and will compete in the Big 12 Conference. They will be led by first-year head coach Neal Brown, who previously coached at Troy University.Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year
The Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year is a basketball award given to the most outstanding men's basketball head coach in the Big 12 Conference, as chosen by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. The award was first given following the 1996–97 season, the first year of the conference's existence, to Kansas Jayhawks head coach Roy Williams.
As of 2019, current Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self has won the award six times, leading the league. Four other head coaches, have won the award twice. The voting finished in a tie in 2011–12, with Self and Iowa State Cyclones head coach Fred Hoiberg sharing honors.
Three coaches have won Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year in the same season that they have also won a National Coach of the Year Award, Roy Williams, Larry Eustachy and Bill Self. The Kansas Jayhawks has the most Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year Awards with six while the Texas Longhorns are second with four. The only schools who have never had a coach win are Baylor, Oklahoma, and TCU, as well as former Big 12 schools Colorado, Missouri, and Nebraska.Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big 12 Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1996–97 season, the first year of conference competition but three years after the conference's official formation. It is selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.
Kansas has had the most winners of the award with nine. Only two players have won the award multiple times, Raef LaFrentz of Kansas, who won the first two awards in 1997 and 1998, and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma, who won the award in 2015 and 2016. Three freshmen have won the award as well, Kevin Durant of Texas, Michael Beasley of Kansas State and Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State Three current Big 12 members have yet to have a winner: charter member Baylor, and 2012 arrivals TCU and West Virginia. Three former Big 12 members also never had a winner of the award during their tenure in the Big 12: Colorado, Missouri, and Texas A&M.Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament
The Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament is the championship women's basketball tournament in the Big 12 Conference. It is a single-elimination tournament of four rounds, with the top four seeds getting byes in the first round until 2011. Beginning in 2012 the bottom four teams play First Round games to advance to the Quarterfinals against the top six teams.
Seeding is based on regular season records. The Tournament has been held every year since 1997.Big 12 Conference football
The Big 12 Conference is a conference of 10 (originally 12) universities which participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision football. The conference was formed in 1994 but did not begin conference play until the fall of 1996. The schools that compose the Big 12 Conference, except West Virginia, were members of either the Big Eight Conference or the Southwest Conference, and have won 21 national titles including 3 titles since the inception of the Big 12 Conference.Big 12 Conference football individual awards
Coaches of the Big 12 Conference bestow the following individual awards at the end of each football season.Big Eight Conference
The Big Eight Conference was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-affiliated Division I-A college athletic association that sponsored football. It 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 an original member of the MVIAA, while maintaining joint membership in the Western Conference (now the Big Ten Conference).
The conference was dissolved in 1996. Its membership at its dissolution consisted of the University of Nebraska, Iowa State University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University. The Big Eight kept its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.
In February 1994, the Big Eight and the Southwest Conference announced that the two leagues had reached an agreement to form a new conference. The eight members of the Big Eight joined with SWC schools Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Texas Tech to form the Big 12 Conference the following year. A vote was conducted on whether to keep the new conference's headquarters in Kansas City, and by a vote of 7–5 the conference members voted to move to Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The two Oklahoma schools, all four Texas schools, and Colorado voted for the move while both Kansas schools, Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa State voted for Kansas City.Cy the Cardinal
Cy the Cardinal is the mascot of Iowa State University's sports teams.ESPN Events
ESPN Events is an American sporting event promoter owned by ESPN Inc. It is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and shares its operations with SEC Network and formerly with ESPNU. The corporation organizes sporting events for broadcast across the ESPN family of networks, including, most prominently, a group of college football bowl games and in-season college basketball tournaments.
ESPN Events previously operated primarily as a syndicator of college sports broadcasts; the company was founded as Creative Sports, a sports programming syndicator that merged with Don Ohlmeyer's OCC Sports in 1996. After ESPN purchased the merged company, the division was renamed ESPN Regional Television (ERT), which distributed telecasts for syndication on broadcast stations and regional sports networks; these telecasts were also available on the ESPN GamePlan and ESPN Full Court out-of-market sports packages. Most of ERT's broadcasts were presented under the on-air branding ESPN Plus, but this name was later phased out in favor of dedicated on-air brands for each package, such as SEC Network (not to be confused with the current SEC Network cable channel).
Following its acquisition of the Las Vegas Bowl in 2001, ERT began to double as an organizer of sporting events. The subdivision, which later began to operate under the name ESPN Events, would acquire and establish other bowl games to provide additional post-season opportunities for bowl-eligible teams (and in turn, additional content for ESPN's networks). ESPN Events also organizes several pre-season tournaments in college basketball, as well as the season-opening Camping World Kickoff and Texas Kickoff football games.ESPN Regional Television began to wind down its syndication operations in the 2010s, as the proliferation of competing outlets (including other sports channels, conference-specific networks such as ESPN's own SEC Network, as well as digital services such as ESPN's own ESPN3 and WatchESPN platforms) took over most of the conference rights and overflow formerly held by the company.Fight, Raiders, Fight
Fight, Raiders, Fight is the fight song of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. It was written for the Matadors, the original name of teams representing the school (known at the time as Texas Technological College). In 1936, Texas Tech band members Carroll McMath and James Nevins updated the song to reflect the teams' new name, Red Raiders.List of Oklahoma Sooners football seasons
The Oklahoma Sooners college football team competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, representing the University of Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference. The Sooners have played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma since 1923.The Sooners claim seven national championships. They have also recorded 46 total conference championships, twelve undefeated, untied seasons and the longest winning streak in Division I FBS history with 47 straight victories. The Oklahoma football program is one of the most successful programs in history, with 598 wins and a winning percentage of .764 since the end of World War II, leading the nation in both stats. Their total of 896 wins ranks sixth all-time in FBS history, and their all-time winning percentage of .704 ranks third among all teams with at least 600 games played.Football was introduced to the university by John A. Harts in 1895. Harts was a student from Kansas who had played the game in his home state. The university had its first paid coach in Vernon L. Parrington, who led the Sooners to a record of nine wins, one loss, and two ties over four seasons. Bennie Owen brought Oklahoma to the national stage during his 22-year tenure as head coach. He retired with a 122–54–16 record, including four seasons in which the team went unbeaten. During Owen's tenure, Oklahoma became a charter member of the Southwest Conference, in which they remained for five years before leaving to join the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The MVIAA conference would later transform into the Big Six, Big Seven, and finally the Big Eight Conference.
In 1947, Oklahoma promoted Bud Wilkinson, then an assistant coach, to head coach. Wilkinson led the Sooners to national championships in 1950, 1955, and 1956, as well as a stretch of 47 consecutive victories that began in 1953 and ended in 1957. Wilkinson's tenure included a streak of 13 consecutive conference championships (in addition to one by his predecessor). Oklahoma continued to perform well after Wilkinson left, but only returned to the national title picture following the hiring of Barry Switzer in 1973. Switzer began similarly to Wilkinson, with eight consecutive conference championships in addition to national championships in 1974 and 1975. Switzer added Oklahoma's sixth national championship in 1985.After a decline that lasted more than a decade, Oklahoma again won the national championship in 2000, after coach Bob Stoops had been hired the previous year. By then Oklahoma had joined a new conference, the Big 12 conference, a combination of the Big Eight Conference and four Texas schools of the Southwest Conference. Since becoming head coach, Stoops has won ten conference championships, while no other team in the Big 12 has more than three. Through the 2017 season, Oklahoma has compiled an overall record of 896 wins, 324 losses, and 53 ties. The Sooners have won 46 conference championships and have appeared in 51 bowl games, most recently in the 2018 Orange Bowl.Oklahoma Sooners softball
The Oklahoma Sooners softball team is the softball team that represents University of Oklahoma in the sport of women's softball. The Sooners participate in the Big 12 Conference, and play their home games at OU Softball Complex. Oklahoma has won their conference title 10 times, has been to the NCAA Tournament 25 times, has been to the NCAA Women's College World Series 12 times, and has won the NCAA championship 4 times. OU also appeared in the AIAW Women's College World Series four times. The team is coached by Patty Gasso.
|Year||Total distributed||Annual Increase||Per-school averagea|
|1997||$53.6 million||–||$4.5 million|
|1998||$58 million||8.2%||$4.8 million|
|1999||$64 million||10.3%||$5.3 million|
|2000||$72 million||12.5%||$6.0 million|
|2001||$78 million||8.3%||$6.5 million|
|2002||$83.5 million||7.1%||$7.0 million|
|2003||$89 million||6.6%||$7.4 million|
|2004||$101 million||13.5%||$8.4 million|
|2005||$105.6 million||4.6%||$8.8 million|
|2006||$103.1 million||−2.4%||$8.6 million|
|2007||$106 million||2.8%||$8.8 million|
|2008||$113.5 million||7.1%||$9.5 million|
|2009||$130 million||14.5%||$10.8 million|
|2010||$139 million||6.9%||$11.6 million|
|2011||$145 million||4.3%||$12.1 million|
|2012||$187 million||29.0%||$18.7 million|
|2013||$198 million||5.9%||$19.8 million|
|2014||$212 million||7.1%||$21.2 million|
|2015||$252 million||18.9%||$25.2 million|
|2016 ||$348 million||38.9%||$34.8 million|
|Total||$2.54 billion||–||$239 million|
|Average||$221 million||–||$11.9 million|
|a Twelve Big 12 members received disbursements each year from 1997–2011; ten each year afterwards. Individual schools' disbursement varied annually according to bylaw rules and entrance or withdrawal agreements.|
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