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.
|Big Eight Conference|
|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|
|Commissioner||Carl C. James (final) 1980–1996|
The conference was founded as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA) at a meeting on January 12, 1907, by five charter members: the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri, the University of Nebraska, Washington University in St. Louis. The University of Iowa who was also a member of the Western Conference (now the Big Ten Conference) was also a joint member of the conference. Iowa only participated in football and outdoor men's track and field.
In 1908, Drake University and Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University) joined the MVIAA, increasing the conferences membership to seven. Iowa who was a joint member departed in 1911 to only compete in the Western Conference, but Kansas State University joined the conference in 1913. Nebraska left in 1918 to play as an independent for two seasons before returning in 1920. In 1919, the University of Oklahoma and Saint Louis University applied for membership, but were disapproved due to deficient management of their athletic programs. The conference then added Grinnell College in 1919, with the University of Oklahoma applying again and being approved in 1920. Oklahoma A&M University (now Oklahoma State University) joined in 1925, bringing conference membership to ten, an all-time high.
At a meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 19, 1928, the conference split up. Six of the seven state schools (all except Oklahoma A&M) formed a conference that was initially known as the Big Six Conference. Just before the start of fall practice, the six schools announced they would retain the MVIAA name for formal purposes. However, fans and media continued to call it the Big Six. The three private schools – Drake, Grinnell, and Washington University – joined with Oklahoma A&M to form the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). The old MVIAA's administrative staff transferred to the MVC.
The similarity of the two conferences' official names, as well as the competing claims of the two conferences, led to considerable debate over which conference was the original and which was the spin-off, though the MVIAA went on to become the more prestigious of the two. 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.
Conference membership grew with the addition of the University of Colorado on December 1, 1947, from the Mountain States Conference. Later that month, Reaves E. Peters was hired as "Commissioner of Officials and Assistant Secretary" and set up the first conference offices in Kansas City, Missouri. With the addition of Colorado, the conference's unofficial name became the Big Seven Conference, coincidentally, the former unofficial name of the MSC.
The final membership change happened ten years later, when Oklahoma A&M joined (or rejoined, depending on the source) the conference on June 1, 1957, and the conference became known as the Big Eight. That same year, Peters' title was changed to "Executive Secretary" of the conference. He retired in June 1963 and was replaced by Wayne Duke, whose title was later changed to "Commissioner".
In 1964, the conference legally assumed the name "Big Eight Conference". In 1968 the conference began a long association with the Orange Bowl, sending its champion annually to play in the prestigious bowl game in Miami, Florida.
In the early 1990s, most of the colleges in Division I-A (now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision) were members of the College Football Association; this included members of the Big Eight and Southwest Conferences. Following a Supreme Court decision in 1984, the primary function of the CFA was to negotiate television broadcast rights for its member conferences and independent colleges. In February 1994, the Southeastern Conference announced that they, like the Big Ten, Pac-10, and Notre Dame before them, would be leaving the CFA and negotiate independently for a television deal that covered SEC schools only. This led The Dallas Morning News to proclaim that "the College Football Association as a television entity is dead". More significantly, this change in television contracts ultimately would lead to significant realignment of college conferences, with the biggest change being the dissolution of the Big Eight and the Southwest Conferences and the formation of the Big 12.
After the SEC's abandonment of the CFA, the Southwest Conference and the Big Eight Conference saw potential financial benefits from an alliance to negotiate television deals, and quickly began negotiations to that end, with ABC and ESPN. Though there were complications over the next several weeks (some of which are detailed below), on February 25, 1994, it was announced that a new conference would be formed from the members of the Big Eight and four of the Texas member colleges of the Southwest Conference. Though the name would not be made official for several months, newspaper accounts immediately dubbed the new entity the "Big 12". Charter members of the Big 12 included the members of the Big Eight plus Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Following the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1994, the Big Eight continued operations till August 30, 1996, when the conference was formally dissolved and its members officially began competition in the Big 12 Conference. Although the Big 12 was essentially the Big Eight plus the four Texas schools, the Big 12 regards itself as a separate conference and does not claim the Big Eight's history as its own.
|Founded||Type||Enrollment||Endowment||Nickname||Mascot||Varsity sports||National titles(See chart below)|
|University of Colorado||Boulder, Colorado
|1876||Public||30,128||$665,000,000||Buffaloes||Ralphie the Buffalo / Chip||14||28|
|Iowa State University||Ames, Iowa
|1858||Public||28,682||$452,200,000||Cyclones||Cy the Cardinal||16||18|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence, Kansas
|1865||Public||30,004||$1,005,000,000||Jayhawks||Big Jay / Baby Jay||16||13|
|Kansas State University||Manhattan, Kansas
|1863||Public||23,588||$277,600,000||Wildcats||Willie the Wildcat||14||0|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri
|1839||Public||33,318||$974,900,000||Tigers||Truman the Tiger||18||2|
|University of Nebraska||Lincoln, Nebraska
|1869||Public||24,100||$1,140,000,000||Cornhuskers||Herbie Husker / Lil' Red||21||23|
|University of Oklahoma||Norman, Oklahoma
|1890||Public||29,721||$968,400,000||Sooners||Sooner Schooner / Boomer and Sooner||19||27|
|Oklahoma State University||Stillwater, Oklahoma
|1890||Public||23,307||$311,000,000||Cowboys||Pistol Pete / Bullet||16||55|
|Founded||Type||Enrollment||Endowment||Nickname||Varsity sports||NCAA titles|
|Drake University||Des Moines, Iowa
|Grinnell College||Grinnell, Iowa
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa
|Washington University in St. Louis||St. Louis, Missouri
|1853||Private||13,995||$4,600,000,000||Bears||17||19 (Div. III)|
Full members Other Conference
|Team||Left for||Current home|
|Colorado||Big 12 Conference||Pac-12 Conference1|
|Drake||Missouri Valley Conference||Pioneer Football League|
Missouri Valley Conference2
|Grinnell||Missouri Valley Conference||Midwest Conference3|
|Iowa||Big Ten Conference|
|Iowa State||Big 12 Conference|
|Missouri||Big 12 Conference||Southeastern Conference4|
|Nebraska||Big 12 Conference||Big Ten Conference5|
|Oklahoma||Big 12 Conference|
|Washington-St. Louis||Missouri Valley Conference||University Athletic Association6|
|Men's basketball regular-season championships (1908–1996)|
|School||Total titles||Outright titles||Years|
|Colorado||5||3||1954 · 1955 · 1962 · 1963 · 1969|
|Iowa State||4||2||1935 · 1941 · 1944 · 1945|
|Kansas||43||32||1908 · 1909 · 1910 · 1911 · 1912 · 1914 · 1915 · 1922 · 1923 · 1924 ·|
1925 · 1926 · 1927 · 1931 · 1932 · 1933 · 1934 · 1936 · 1937 · 1938 ·
1940 · 1941 · 1942 · 1943 · 1946 · 1950 · 1952 · 1953 · 1954 · 1957 ·
1960 · 1966 · 1967 · 1971 · 1974 · 1975 · 1978 · 1986 · 1991 · 1992 ·
1993 · 1995 · 1996
|Kansas State||17||14||1917 · 1919 · 1948 · 1950 · 1951 · 1956 · 1958 · 1959 · 1960 · 1961 ·|
1963 · 1964 · 1968 · 1970 · 1972 · 1973 · 1977
|Missouri||15||12||1918 · 1920 · 1921 · 1922 · 1930 · 1939 · 1940 · 1976 · 1980 · 1981 ·|
1982 · 1983 · 1987 · 1990 · 1994
|Nebraska||7||2||1912 · 1913 · 1914 · 1916 · 1937 · 1949 · 1950|
|Oklahoma||13||8||1928 · 1929 · 1939 · 1940 · 1942 · 1944 · 1947 · 1949 · 1979 · 1984 ·|
1985 · 1988 · 1989
|Oklahoma State||2||1||1965 · 1991|
|Washington (St. Louis)||0||0|
|Football conference championships (1907–1995)|
|School||Total titles||Outright titles||Years|
|Colorado||5||3||1961 · 1976 · 1989 · 1990 · 1991|
|Iowa State||2||0||1911 · 1912|
|Kansas||5||2||1908 · 1930 · 1946 · 1947 · 1968|
|Missouri||12||10||1909 · 1913 · 1919 · 1924 · 1925 · 1927 · 1939 · 1941 · 1942 · 1945 ·|
1960† · 1969
|Nebraska||41||31||1907 · 1910 · 1911 · 1912 · 1913 · 1914 · 1915 · 1916 · 1917 · 1921 ·|
1922 · 1923 · 1928 · 1929 · 1931 · 1932 · 1933 · 1935 · 1936 · 1937 ·
1940 · 1963 · 1964 · 1965 · 1966 · 1969 · 1970 · 1971 · 1972‡ · 1975 ·
1978 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1988 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993 · 1994 ·
|Oklahoma||34||26||1920 · 1933 · 1938 · 1943 · 1944 · 1946 · 1947 · 1948 · 1949 · 1950 · |
1951 · 1952 · 1953 · 1954 · 1955 · 1956 · 1957 · 1958 · 1959 · 1962
1967 · 1968 · 1972‡ · 1974 · 1975 · 1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 ·
1984 · 1985 · 1986 · 1987
|Oklahoma State||2||1||1926 · 1976|
|Washington (St. Louis)||0||0|
† Kansas would have won the 1960 title, but after found to be using an ineligible player they were forced to forfeit their victories over Missouri and Colorado, which meant that Missouri was awarded the 1960 Big Eight title.
‡ Oklahoma initially won the 1972 title, but after it was found that they used ineligible players, they were penalized by the NCAA, though they did not force OU to forfeit games. The Big Eight asked them to forfeit three games and awarded the title to Nebraska, but Oklahoma still claims these wins and this title.
The following is a complete list of the 100 AIAW, NCAA and college football championships won by teams that were representing the Big Eight Conference in NCAA- or AIAW-recognized sports at the time of the championship.
Men's basketball (2):
Men's Cross Country (3):
Women's Cross Country (5):
Men's golf (9):
Men's gymnastics (14):
Men's/Women's Skiing (14):
Men's Indoor Track (4):
Women's Indoor Track (3):
Men's Outdoor Track (3):
Women's volleyball (1):
The national championships listed below are for the final eight members of the conference, as of July 2014. Football, Helms, and equestrian titles are included in the total, but excluded from the column listing NCAA and AIAW titles.
|Big Eight National Championships|
|School||Total titles||Titles as a member
of the Big Eight
|NCAA and AIAW titles||Notes|
|Colorado||28||15||27||CU has 1 recognized football title and 1 AIAW title|
|Iowa State||18||18||18||ISU has 5 AIAW titles|
|Kansas||13||11||11||KU has 2 Helms basketball titles|
|Nebraska||23||16||18||NU has 5 recognized football titles and 1 AIAW title|
|Oklahoma||27||19||20||OU has 7 recognized football titles|
|Oklahoma State||57||21||52||OSU has 4 equestrian titles and 1 recognized football title|
Before the formation of the conference, three African-American brothers at the University of Kansas are the first known to have participated in organized sports for a league school: Sherman Haney played baseball for KU beginning in 1888, followed by Grant Haney and then Ed Haney, the last of whom also played football at KU in 1893. At the same time, the University of Nebraska football team had on its roster George Flippin, the son of a slave, beginning in 1891. Nebraska's football team featured three more African-American players over the next 12 years. Notable among these NU players was Clinton Ross, who in 1911 apparently became the first African-American to participate in sport in the MVIAA, following the league's formation in 1907.
Race relations in the United States, however, deteriorated in the early 20th century, and African-American athletes disappeared almost entirely from the conference in the four decades after Ross's final season at NU in 1913. The lone exception during the following decades was Iowa State. In 1923 Jack Trice became the first African-American athlete at Iowa State – and the only one in the conference. Tragically, Trice died two days after playing his second football game with Iowa State, due to injuries suffered during the game (against Minnesota). Jack Trice Stadium at Iowa State is now named in his honor. Trice was followed at Iowa State by Holloway Smith, who played football for ISU in 1926 and 1927. After Smith, the league's teams were all-white for more than two decades. (During this time all of the major professional sports leagues in the U.S. were also segregated.)
The modern era of full integration of league sports began at Kansas State, with Harold Robinson. In 1949, Harold Robinson played football for Kansas State with an athletic scholarship. In doing so, Robinson broke the modern "color barrier" in conference athletics, and also became the first ever African-American athlete on scholarship in the conference. Harold Robinson later received a letter of congratulations from Jackie Robinson, who had reintegrated major league baseball in 1947 while playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In the spring of 1951 the conference's baseball color barrier was broken by Kansas State's Earl Woods, and in the winter of 1951–1952 Kansas State's Gene Wilson and Kansas's LaVannes C. Squires jointly broke the conference color barrier in basketball.
Nebraska was the third league school to (re)integrate its athletic teams, with Charles Bryant joining the football team in 1952. Iowa State would be next, with Harold Potts and Henry Philmon reintegrating the Cyclone football team in 1953. The following season, Franklin Clarke became the first varsity African-American football player at the University of Colorado. In 1955, Homer Floyd became the first African-American to play football for the KU Jayhawks since Ed Haney in 1893. Sports teams at the remaining three conference schools (Oklahoma, Missouri and Oklahoma State) were subsequently all integrated by the end of the 1950s. Most notably, Prentice Gautt became the first black player for Bud Wilkinson at Oklahoma in 1956.
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||Prentup Field (Concluded in 1980)||N/A|
|Iowa State||Jack Trice Stadium||43,000||Hilton Coliseum||14,356||Cap Timm Field (Concluded in 2001)||3,500|
|Kansas||Memorial Stadium||50,250||Allen Fieldhouse||16,300||Hoglund Ballpark||2,500|
|Kansas State||KSU Stadium||43,000||Bramlage Coliseum||13,500||Frank Myers Field||2,000|
|Missouri||Faurot Field||62,023||Hearnes Center||13,611||Simmons Field||2,000|
|Nebraska||Memorial Stadium||76,500||Bob Devaney Center||13,000||Buck Beltzer Stadium||1,500|
|Oklahoma||Owen Field||74,897||Lloyd Noble Center||11,528||L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park||2,700|
|Oklahoma State||Lewis Field||56,790||Gallagher-Iba Arena||6,381||Allie P. Reynolds Stadium||3,821|
The 1960 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1960 college football season. The team compiled an 11–0 record (7–0 against Big 8 opponents), won the Big 8 championship, defeated Navy in the 1961 Orange Bowl, was ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 295 to 93. Dan Devine was the head coach for the third of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.
The 1960 season included one of the most famous games in the history of Missouri vs. Kansas rivalry. Kansas used an ineligible player, Bert Coan, in the game, and the win was officially awarded to Missouri, bringing its record to 11–0 instead of 10–1.
The team's statistical leaders included Mel West with 650 rushing yards and 650 yards of total offense, Ron Taylor with 302 passing yards, Danny LaRose with 151 receiving yards, and Donnie Smith with 78 point scored.1961 Colorado Buffaloes football team
The 1961 Colorado Buffaloes football team was an American football team that represented the University of Colorado during the 1961 college football season. Head coach Sonny Grandelius led the team to a 7–0 mark in the "Big 8" and 9–2 overall.1962 Oklahoma Sooners football team
The 1962 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1962 NCAA University Division football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Eight Conference. They were coached by head coach Bud Wilkinson.1963 Kansas Jayhawks football team
The 1963 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1963 college football season. In their sixth season under head coach Jack Mitchell, the Jayhawks compiled a 5–5 record (3–4 against conference opponents), tied for fourth in the Big Eight Conference, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 207 to 122. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
The team's statistical leaders included Gale Sayers with 917 rushing yards and 155 receiving yards and Steve Renko with 505 passing yards. Ken Coleman and Pete Quatrochi were the team captains.1963 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
The 1963 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska and member of the Big Eight Conference in the 1963 college football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.1964 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team
The 1964 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was the representative of the University of Nebraska and member of the Big Eight Conference in the 1964 college football season. The team was coached by Bob Devaney and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.1965 Kansas Jayhawks football team
The 1965 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1965 college football season. In their eighth season under head coach Jack Mitchell, the Jayhawks compiled a 2–8 record (2–5 against conference opponents), tied for sixth in the Big Eight Conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 215 to 119. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
The team's statistical leaders included Dan Miller with 356 rushing yards, Sims Stokes with 271 receiving yards and Bill Fenton with 500 passing yards. Greg Roth and Mike Shinn were the team captains.1967 Oklahoma Sooners football team
The 1967 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1967 NCAA University Division football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Eight Conference. They were coached by head coach Chuck Fairbanks. The Sooners defeated Tennessee, 26–24, to win the Orange Bowl in Miami.1968 Kansas Jayhawks football team
The 1968 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1968 college football season. In their second season under head coach Pepper Rodgers, the Jayhawks compiled a 9–2 record (6–1 against conference opponents), tied with Oklahoma for the Big Eight Conference championship, lost to Penn State in the 1969 Orange Bowl, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 394 to 190. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
The team's statistical leaders included Bobby Douglass with 1,316 passing yards, John Riggins with 866 rushing yards and George McGowan with 592 receiving yards. John Zook was the team captain.Quarterback Bobby Douglass finished 7th in Heisman Trophy voting receiving 9 1st place votes.1968 Oklahoma Sooners football team
The 1968 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1968 NCAA University Division football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Eight Conference. They were coached by head coach Chuck Fairbanks.1969 Missouri Tigers football team
The 1969 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1969 college football season. The team compiled a 9–2 record (6–1 against Big 8 opponents), finished in a tie for the Big 8 championship, lost to Penn State in the 1970 Orange Bowl, was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 365 to 191. Dan Devine was the head coach for the 12th of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.
The team's statistical leaders included Joe Moore with 1,312 rushing yards, Terry McMillan with 1,963 passing yards and 2,157 yards of total offense, Mel Gray with 705 receiving yards, and Henry Brown with 71 points scored.1970 Kansas Jayhawks football team
The 1970 Kansas Jayhawks football team represented the University of Kansas in the Big Eight Conference during the 1970 NCAA University Division football season. In their fourth and final season under head coach Pepper Rodgers, the Jayhawks compiled a 5–6 record (2–5 against conference opponents), tied for sixth place in the Big Eight Conference, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 277 to 270. They played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.
The team's statistical leaders included Dan Heck with 1,169 passing yards, John Riggins with 1,131 rushing yards and Ron Jessie with 308 receiving yards. Larry Brown was the team captain.1976 Colorado Buffaloes football team
The 1976 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado Boulder in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. In their third season under head coach Bill Mallory, the Buffaloes compiled an 8–4 record (5–2 against Big 8 opponents), finished in a three-way tie for the Big 8 championship, and outscored their opponents, 305 to 225. The team played its home games on campus at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.
On New Year's Night, Colorado played in the Orange Bowl for the first time in fifteen years, but were defeated 27–10 by the Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big Ten Conference.1976 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team
The 1976 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team represented Oklahoma State University during the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. Running back Terry Miller had 1714 rushing yards on 291 attempts, averaging 5.9 yards per attempt, and 23 touchdowns. Miller finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.1991 Colorado Buffaloes football team
The 1991 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the 1991 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by 10th year head coach Bill McCartney, played their home games in Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, and were members of the Big Eight Conference. They finished with a record of 8–3–1 (6–0–1 Big 8) to finish as co-conference champions, and they lost to Alabama 30–25 in the 1991 Blockbuster Bowl. In the final AP Poll and Coaches' Poll, Colorado was ranked #20 in both polls.Big Eight Conference (IHSAA)
The Big Eight Conference is an athletic conference currently comprising six IHSAA Class AAA high schools located in Southwestern Indiana with one IHSA Class 2A/3A member in Southern Illinois. The conference members are small city-based schools located in Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Posey, and Warrick counties in Indiana and Wabash County in Illinois.Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the Big Eight Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1956–57 season and concluded after the 1995–96 season (the Big Eight disbanded and was re-formed into the present day Big 12 Conference). From 1960 through 1967 no award was given out. Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma and Danny Manning of Kansas are the only players to have received the award three times. Manning was also the consensus National Player of the Year in 1988. Six other players won the award twice, last performed by Bryant Reeves of Oklahoma State (1993/95).
Missouri claimed the most winners with eight, followed by Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma with seven apiece.Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
The Big Eight Conference was an NCAA athletic conference that existed from 1907 to 1996, when it and the Southwest Conference disbanded to create the Big 12 Conference. The post-season conference tournament was instituted in 1977 and from that time the winner won the conference's automatic NCAA Tournament bid. From 1977 until 1985, the quarterfinals were played on the campus sites of the higher seeded teams. The last Big Eight men's basketball tournament ran through the conference's final season in 1996. Missouri won the most Big Eight tournament titles with six. Colorado was the only conference member not to win at least one tournament title during its existence.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.