Big West Conference

The Big West Conference (BWC) is an American collegiate athletic conference whose member institutions participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The conference was originally formed in 1969 as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA) and in 1988 was renamed the Big West Conference. The conference stopped sponsoring college football after the 2000 season.

Big West Conference
Big West Conference logo
Established1969
AssociationNCAA
DivisionDivision I
Subdivisionnon-football
Members9 (11 in 2020)
Sports fielded
  • 18
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 10
RegionWest Coast
Former namesPacific Coast Athletic Association (1969–1988)
HeadquartersIrvine, California
CommissionerDennis Farrell (since 1992)
Websitewww.bigwest.org
Locations
Big West Conference locations

History

BigWestLocations
Locations of Big West Conference full member institutions.

Pacific Coast Athletic Association

The Big West Conference was formed in June 1968 as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association.[1] The five original charter members were Fresno State, San Jose State, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State, and Long Beach State.[1] Two other schools, Cal State Los Angeles and the University of the Pacific, were also considered but they declined at that time to pursue membership.[2] The newly formed conference had a number of meetings to set up its governance, which was confirmed in October 1968 on the campus of UC Santa Barbara.[3] Before the league started play, Cal State Los Angeles joined as a full member and the University of the Pacific joined for football only, becoming a full member itself two years later.[4][5] The conference itself lists July 1, 1969 as the recognized creation date with the 7 institutions.[6][7]

Evolution

Since its inception as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, the conference has seen many changes. Utah State was the first institution outside of California to join the conference in 1978. This opened the floodgates for many other schools to affiliate with the PCAA; notable schools include UNLV, Nevada, Louisiana Tech, Boise State, and football-only members, such as Southwestern Louisiana and Arkansas State.

In 1983, the PCAA became the first western conference to introduce women's athletic programs, allowing its female student-athletes to compete at the same level as their male counterparts. This proved vital for Hawaiʻi as their only participation in the conference was for their women's sports.

However, many universities left to join conferences that were perceived as more well-known, such as the Western Athletic Conference or the Mountain West Conference, while others did not see the benefit of travel since historically many of the teams have been California-based.

From the departures of Idaho and Utah State in 2005 until the arrival of Hawaii in 2012, all members were based in California, reducing the cost and travel time between the universities. When Hawaii joined, it agreed to help defray a portion of travel costs to that state for the league's California members.

There have been no fewer than 25 full and associate members in the conference's history, while only two of the original seven charter members remain (Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara).

The change to the Big West

Effective July 1, 1988, the Pacific Coast Athletic Association changed its name to the Big West Conference.[7] With such schools as Utah State, UNLV, Nevada, New Mexico State, and Hawaii now in the fold, the name change was more representative of its member institutions.[7] In addition, the conference had signed a contract with ESPN to have its men's basketball games telecast as the third game of a triple header known as Big Monday - the other conferences being featured were the Big East and the Big Ten so the name Big West fit the theme.[8]

Member schools

Current members

Full members

Institution Nickname Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment
(Fall 2016)
NCAA Team
Champion­ships
Colors
California Polytechnic State University
(Cal Poly)
Mustangs San Luis Obispo, California 1901 1996[a] Public
(CSU system)
21,306 1               
California State University, Fullerton
(CSUF)
Titans Fullerton, California 1957 1974 Public
(CSU system)
40,235 5               
California State University, Northridge
(CSUN)
Matadors Northridge, California 1958 2001 Public
(CSU system)
39,916 0               
University of Hawaii at Manoa
(Hawaiʻi)
Rainbow Warriors
& Rainbow Wahine[b]
Honolulu, Hawaii 1907 2012 Public
(U of HI system)
17,612 3                    
California State University, Long Beach
(Long Beach State)
49ers[c] Long Beach, California 1949 1969 Public
(CSU system)
37,776 5          
University of California, Davis
(UC Davis)
Aggies Davis, California 1908 2007 Public
(UC system)
36,441 1          
University of California, Irvine
(UC Irvine)
Anteaters Irvine, California 1965 1977 Public
(UC system)
33,467 7          
University of California, Riverside
(UC Riverside)
Highlanders Riverside, California 1954 2001 Public
(UC system)
22,921 0          
University of California, Santa Barbara
(UC Santa Barbara)
Gauchos Santa Barbara, California 1905 1969,
1976[d]
Public
(UC system)
24,346 2          
Notes
  1. ^ Cal Poly was an affiliate member in women's volleyball from 1984-85 to 1989-90.
  2. ^ The Hawaii beach volleyball team is officially Rainbow Wahine, but more commonly uses the nickname SandBows.
  3. ^ The Long Beach State baseball team uses the nickname Dirtbags instead of 49ers.
  4. ^ UC Santa Barbara joined the conference when it was founded in 1969, left to become an independent after the 1973–74 school year, then rejoined for the 1976-77 school year.

Affiliate members

Institution Nickname Location Founded Joined Type Enrollment (Fall 2017) Primary
conference
Big West
sport(s)
NCAA Team
Championships
(Division I)
California State University, Sacramento
(Sacramento State)
Hornets Sacramento, California 1947 2012[a] Public
(CSU system)
30,670 Big Sky men's soccer
beach volleyball
0
California State University, Bakersfield
(CSUB)
Roadrunners Bakersfield, California 1965 2015[b] Public
(CSU system)
9,863 WAC beach volleyball 0
University of California, San Diego
(UC San Diego)
Tritons La Jolla, California 1960 2017[c] Public
(UC system)
36,624 CCAA (D–II) men's volleyball (2018)
women's water polo (2019)
0
Notes
  1. ^ Sacramento State men's soccer joined the Big West Conference in the 2012 season (2012–13 school year) and beach volleyball followed for the 2016 season (2015–16 school year).[9][10]
  2. ^ CSU Bakersfield beach volleyball joined the Big West Conference in the 2016 season.[11]
  3. ^ UC San Diego men's volleyball joined the Big West Conference for the 2018 season (2017–18 school year).[12]

Future members

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joining NCAA Team
Championships
(Division I)
California State University, Bakersfield
(CSUB)
Roadrunners Bakersfield, California 1965 Public
(CSU system)
8,720 July 1, 2020[13] 0
University of California, San Diego
(UC San Diego)[a]
Tritons La Jolla, California 1960 Public
(UC system)
33,735 July 1, 2020[13] 0
Notes
  1. ^ UC San Diego will begin the transition from Division II to Division I at the same time as it joins the Big West and will not be eligible to compete for the league’s NCAA automatic qualification in single-site championship sports until July 1, 2024.[13]

Former members

Many of the former members of the Big West are now members of the Western Athletic Conference or the Mountain West Conference. Of the nine schools that were in the WAC before its early-2010s realignment, only Hawaii had not spent some time in the Big West as a football participant – it was a Big West member only in women's sports. Of the former members, Cal State Los Angeles is the only team that reverted to Division II level.

School names and nicknames reflect those used by the institutions when they were Big West members. One school has changed its name (Southwestern Louisiana, now branded athletically as Louisiana and also known as Louisiana–Lafayette) and one its nickname (Arkansas State, from Indians to Red Wolves).

Former full members

Institution Nickname Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Current Primary Conference
Boise State University Broncos Boise, Idaho 1932 1996 2001 Public 22,678 Mountain West Conference
California State University, Fresno
(Fresno State)
Bulldogs Fresno, California 1911 1969 1992 Public 22,565 Mountain West Conference
California State University, Los Angeles
(Cal State L.A.)
Golden Eagles Los Angeles, California 1947 1969 1974 Public 20,619 CCAA (Division II)
University of Idaho Vandals Moscow, Idaho 1889 1996 2005 Public 11,180 Big Sky Conference
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
(UNLV)
Rebels Paradise, Nevada 1957 1982 1996 Public 28,203 Mountain West Conference
University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack Reno, Nevada 1874 1992 2000 Public 18,227 Mountain West Conference
New Mexico State University Aggies Las Cruces, New Mexico 1888 1983 2000 Public 18,497 Western Athletic Conference
University of North Texas Mean Green Denton, Texas 1890 1996 2000 Public 35,778 Conference USA
San Diego State University Aztecs San Diego, California 1897 1969 (men's sports);
1984 (women's sports)
1978 (men's sports);
1990 (women's sports)
Public 28,789 Mountain West Conference
San Jose State University Spartans San Jose, California 1857 1969 1996 Public 32,697 Mountain West Conference
Utah State University Aggies Logan, Utah 1888 1978 2005 Public 28,796 Mountain West Conference
University of the Pacific Tigers Stockton, California 1851 1969 (football-only);
1971 (all sports)
2013 Private 6,296 West Coast Conference

Former affiliate members

Institution Nickname Location
(California)
Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Primary
Conference
Big West
Sport(s)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
(Cal Poly Pomona)
Broncos Pomona 1938 1984 1990 Public 22,501 CCAA
(NCAA Division II)
softball
California State University, Sacramento
(Sacramento State)
Hornets Sacramento 1947 1996 2002 Public 24,388 Big Sky baseball
San Diego State University Aztecs San Diego 1897 2012 2013 Public 33,790 Mountain West women's water polo

Former football-only members

Institution Nickname Location Founded Joined Left Type Enrollment Primary
Conference
at the time
of joining
Big West
football
Current
Conference
Arkansas State University[14] Indians[a] Jonesboro, Arkansas 1909 1993,
1999
1996,
2001
Public 13,438 Sun Belt
Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs Ruston, Louisiana 1894 1993 1996 Public 11,581 Sun Belt C-USA
Northern Illinois University Huskies DeKalb, Illinois 1895 1993 1996 Public 25,313 Mid-Continent[b] MAC
University of Southwestern Louisiana[c] Ragin' Cajuns Lafayette, Louisiana 1898 1993 1996 Public 19,188 Sun Belt
Notes
  1. ^ Currently known as the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
  2. ^ Currently known as the Summit League.
  3. ^ Currently known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and branded for sports purposes as "Louisiana".

Membership timeline

Full members Full members (non-football) Assoc. members (football only) Assoc. member (list sports)

Notes

  • San Diego State played football as an independent for the 1976 and 1977 seasons prior to leaving the Big West Conference in 1978.
  • UC Santa Barbara was an independent from 1974–75 to 1975–76.
  • Cal State Fullerton played football as an independent for the 1992 season and dropped football entirely the following year.
  • Louisiana Tech, Northern Illinois, Southwestern Louisiana, and Arkansas State joined the Big West for a short-lived football consortium from 1993 to 1995.
  • Arkansas State played football as an independent from 1996 to 1998 and then rejoined the Big West for football during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

Sports

The Big West Conference currently sponsors 18 NCAA sports, with men's volleyball the newest addition for the 2017–18 school year.[6][15]

In baseball, Cal State Fullerton has won four College World Series titles with national championships in 1979, 1984, 1995, and 2004.[16] In addition, Long Beach State and UC Irvine have made multiple appearances in the College World Series. Fullerton also has a national championship in softball, winning in 1984. Long Beach State has won three NCAA women's volleyball titles, as a part of Big West Conference women's volleyball, with national championships in 1989, 1993, and 1998. Misty May-Treanor led the 49ers to a 36-0 record en route to the program's most recent title. UC Santa Barbara was the NCAA men's soccer runner-up in 2004, losing the national championship match to Indiana on penalty kicks. The Gauchos returned to the College Cup in 2006 and won the national championship.

Former Big West members UNLV and Pacific won national championships while part of the conference. The UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball team won the 1990 NCAA tournament championship after routing Duke 103-73 in the national title game. UNLV was undefeated during the 1991 NCAA men's basketball season before falling to Duke in the final four. The Runnin' Rebels during this era are widely considered one of the best college basketball teams of all time. The Pacific Tigers women's volleyball team won back-to-back national championships in 1985 and 1986.

The Big West did not sponsor men's volleyball or men's water polo, but it was the primary conference affiliation of several schools that compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation for these sports, respectively. In NCAA men's volleyball, UC Irvine has established itself as one of the nation's most elite programs, winning four national championships in 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2013. Long Beach State also won men's national volleyball titles in 1991, 2018 and 2019. In NCAA men's water polo, UC Irvine won three national championships in 1970, 1982, and 1989. UC Santa Barbara also won a men's water polo title in 1979.

On May 31, 2016, the Big West announced the conference would sponsor men's volleyball as its 18th sport, with five Big West schools leaving the MPSF to establish the new men's volleyball league. Men's volleyball is the third of four sports in which the MPSF has recently seen a mass exodus of teams to join an existing conference in a newly sponsored sport, with men's soccer, men's water polo, and women's lacrosse as the others. The men's volleyball membership includes core Big West members Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Hawaii, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Barbara. UC San Diego joined as an affiliate to being the league to the NCAA minimum requirement of 6 teams to receive an automatic bid for the NCAA tournament.

Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell explained that adding UC San Diego was not an indicator UC San Diego would be added to the Big West Conference as a full member. UC San Diego had recently passed a bill to move all their sports to Division I and is looking for an invite from the Big West Conference. UC San Diego has long competed at the Division I level in men's volleyball; the NCAA conducts a single national championship open to all Division I and II members, and scholarship limits in the sport are the same in both divisions. The Big West regular season for men's volleyball will be double round-robin, each team playing the others once at home and once on the road. The Big West Tournament will have all six teams participate in single-elimination rounds with the top two teams receiving semifinal byes.[17]

The Big West is the first Division I all-sports conference (defined as a league that sponsors men's and women's basketball) ever to sponsor men's volleyball, and the second NCAA all-sports conference overall to sponsor men's volleyball as a scholarship sport (the first was the Division II Conference Carolinas).

On November 26, 2017 the Big West announced that they will add UC San Diego along with Cal State Bakersfield as its 10th and 11th members starting on July 1, 2020. Cal State Bakersfield, who are already a full Division I school and are currently competing in the Western Athletic Conference will become a full member effective July 1, 2020. UC San Diego who had failed to move up from Division II in its failed bids to the Big West in 2011 and April 2017 will go through the four year transition process to Division I and will become a full member effective July 1, 2024. UC San Diego's men's volleyball will be a member of the Big West starting with the 2018 season and their women's water polo will be a member starting in 2019. [18]

Big West Conference teams
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball
9
-
Basketball
9
9
Beach volleyball
-
7
Cross Country
8
9
Golf
9
8
Soccer
8
9
Softball
-
8
Tennis
6
9
Track and Field (Outdoor)
8
9
Volleyball
6
9
Water polo
-
6

Men's sponsored sports by school

School Baseball Basket­ball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Tennis Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volley­ball Total
Sports
Cal Poly
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
7
Cal State Fullerton
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
Red XN
6
Cal State Northridge
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
Green tick
7
Hawaiʻi
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
5
Long Beach State
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
Red XN
Green tick
Green tick
6
UC Davis
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
7
UC Irvine
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
8
UC Riverside
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
7
UC Santa Barbara
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
8
Totals
9
9
8
9
7 + 1[a]
6
8
5 + 1[b]
61 + 2
  1. ^ Affiliate member Sacramento State.
  2. ^ Affiliate member UC San Diego through the 2019–20 school year, after which it will become a full Big West member.
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big West Conference which are played by Big West schools
School Football Swimming
& Diving
Track & Field
(Indoor)
Water Polo Wrestling
Cal Poly Big Sky MPSF Independent No Pac-12
Cal State Northridge No No MPSF No No
Hawai'i Mountain West MPSF No No No
Long Beach State No No MPSF GCC No
UC Davis Big Sky No No WWPA No
UC Irvine No No No GCC No
UC Riverside No No Independent No No
UC Santa Barbara No MPSF Independent GCC No

Women's sponsored sports by school

School Basket­ball Beach Volleyball Cross
Country
Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track & Field
(Outdoor)
Volley­ball Water polo Total
Sports
Cal Poly
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
9
Cal State Fullerton
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
8
Cal State Northridge
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
10
Hawaiʻi
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
10
Long Beach State
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
10
UC Davis
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
10
UC Irvine
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
8
UC Riverside
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Red XN
8
UC Santa Barbara
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
Red XN
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
Green tick
8
Totals
9
5 + 2[a]
9
8
9
8
9
9
9
6 + 1[b]
81 + 3
  1. ^ Affiliate members CSU Bakersfield and Sacramento State, with CSU Bakersfield becoming a full conference member in 2020.
  2. ^ Affiliate member UC San Diego for the 2019–20 school year only, after which it will be a full Big West member.
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big West Conference which are played by Big West schools
School Field Hockey Gymnastics Lacrosse Sailing Swimming
& Diving
Track & Field
(Indoor)
Cal Poly No No No No MPSF Independent
Cal State Fullerton No No No No No MPSF
Cal State Northridge No No No No No MPSF
Hawai'i No No No PCCSC MPSF MPSF
Long Beach State No No No No No MPSF
UC Davis America East MPSF MPSF No MPSF Independent
UC Irvine No No No No No MPSF
UC Santa Barbara No No No No MPSF Independent

Football

An asterisk denotes the participant in the bowls that invited the Big West champion:
Pasadena (1969–70), California (1981–91), Las Vegas (1992–96), and Humanitarian (1997–2000)[19]

Football Champions (1969–1984)
Year University
1969 San Diego State*
1970 Long Beach State* & San Diego State
1971 Long Beach State
1972 San Diego State
1973 San Diego State
1974 San Diego State
1975 San Jose State
1976 San Jose State
1977 Fresno State
1978 San Jose State and Utah State
1979 Utah State
1980 Long Beach State
1981 San Jose State*
1982 Fresno State*
1983 Cal State Fullerton*
1984 Cal State Fullerton (UNLV* forfeited)
Football Champions (1985–2000)
Year University
1985 Fresno State*
1986 San Jose State*
1987 San Jose State*
1988 Fresno State*
1989 Fresno State*
1990 San Jose State*
1991 Fresno State* & San Jose State
1992 Nevada*
1993 Utah State* & Southwestern La.
1994 UNLV*, Southwestern La., & Nevada
1995 Nevada*
1996 Nevada* & Utah State
1997 Utah State* & Nevada
1998 Idaho*
1999 Boise State*
2000 Boise State*

The Big West Conference discontinued football following the 2000 season.[20]

Facilities

Future members CSU Bakersfield and UC San Diego in gray.

School Basketball Arena Capacity Baseball Stadium Capacity Soccer Stadium Capacity
Cal Poly Mott Athletics Center 3,032 Robin Baggett Stadium 3,138 Alex G. Spanos Stadium 11,075
Cal State Bakersfield Icardo Center 3,800 Hardt Field 900 CSUB Main Soccer Field 2,500
Cal State Fullerton Titan Gym 4,000 Goodwin Field 3,500 Titan Stadium 10,000
Cal State Northridge Matadome 2,400 Matador Field 1,000 Matador Soccer Field 1,550
Hawaiʻi Stan Sheriff Center 10,300 Les Murakami Stadium 4,312 Waipio Soccer Stadium 4,500
Long Beach State Walter Pyramid 5,000[21] Blair Field 3,238 George Allen Field 1,000
Sacramento State Men's Soccer Member Only Hornet Field 1,500
UC Davis The Pavilion 7,600 Dobbins Baseball Complex 3,500 Aggie Field 1,000
UC Irvine Bren Events Center 4,984 Cicerone Field 2,900 Anteater Stadium 2,500
UC Riverside Student Recreation Center 3,168 Riverside Sports Complex 2,500 UCR Soccer Stadium 900
UC San Diego RIMAC Arena 4,200 Triton Ballpark 1,200 Triton Soccer Stadium 1,750
UC Santa Barbara The Thunderdome 5,600 Caesar Uyesaka Stadium 1,000 Harder Stadium 17,000

Commissioner's Cup

Started during the Big West Conference's 1998–99 season, the Commissioner's Cup is awarded yearly to the most outstanding program over the course of the season in the conference's sponsored sports.[22] The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are the most successful team to date having won 9 total trophies.[23]

Year Institution Champion­ships
competed
Total points Average Title #
1998–99 Pacific Tigers 12 620 51.7 1
1999–00 Pacific Tigers 12 600 50.0 2
2000–01 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 16 870 54.4 1
2001–02 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 16 2,020 126.3 2
2002–03 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 16 2,070 129.4 3
2003–04 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 16 2,210 138.1 4
2004–05 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 16 2,180 136.3 5
2005–06 Long Beach State 49ers 13 1,640 126.2 1
2006–07 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 16 1,800 112.5 6
2007–08 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 16 2,046 127.9 7
2008–09 Long Beach State 49ers 14 1,540 110.0 2
2009–10 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 17 1,970 115.9 8
2010–11 Long Beach State 49ers 14 1,830 130.7 3
2011–12 Long Beach State 49ers 14 1,960 140.0 4
2012–13 Long Beach State 49ers 14 1,950 139.3 5
2013–14 Long Beach State 49ers 14 1,740 124.3 6
2014–15 Long Beach State 49ers 14 1,640 117.1 7
2015–16 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 15 2,006.7 133.8 9
2016–17 Long Beach State 49ers 15 1,750 116.7 8
2017–18 Cal State Fullerton Titans 14 1,635 116.8 1

See also

References

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  14. ^ Arkansas State joined the conference for football in 1993, left to become an independent after the 1995–1996 season, then re-joined in 1999, only to leave again after the 2000–2001 season.
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External links

1988 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

The 1988 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented California State University, Fresno during the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Big West Conference. The team was led by head coach Jim Sweeney, in his eleventh year, and they played their home games at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California. They finished the 1988 season as champion of the Big West, with a record of ten wins and two losses (10–2, 7–0 Big West).

Fresno State earned their third Division I-A postseason bowl game after the 1988 season. They played the Mid-American Conference (MAC) champion Western Michigan Broncos in the eight annual California Bowl in Bulldog Stadium on December 18. The Bulldogs lengthened their Division I-A Bowl unbeaten streak to three games by beating Western Michigan, 35–30.

1990 San Jose State Spartans football team

The 1990 San Jose State Spartans football team represented San Jose State University during the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Big West Conference. The team was led by head coach Terry Shea, in his first year as head coach at San Jose State. They played home games at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California. The Spartans finished the 1990 season as Champions of the Big West conference, with a record of six wins and five losses (9–2–1, 7–0 Big West).

As a result of the Big West championship, the Spartans qualified for a postseason bowl game against the Mid-American Conference (MAC) co-champion Central Michigan Chippewas. The 1990 California Bowl was played in Fresno, California on December 8, with San Jose State winning, 48–24.

1991 San Jose State Spartans football team

The 1991 San Jose State Spartans football team represented San Jose State University during the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season as a member of the Big West Conference. The team was led by head coach Terry Shea, in his second year as head coach at San Jose State. They played home games at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California. The Spartans finished the 1991 season as co-champions of the Big West conference, with a record of six wins, four losses and one tie (6–4–1, 6–1 Big West). To date, this remains their last conference title.

1993 Utah State Aggies football team

The 1993 Utah State Aggies football team represented Utah State University in the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Aggies were led by second-year head coach Charlie Weatherbie and played their home games at Romney Stadium in Logan, Utah. After a 1–5 start to the season, the team rebounded to finish the regular season 6–5 and earn a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl against Ball State, where they achieved their first bowl win in school history. The team's roster included redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Wells, who was later hired as an assistant coach at the school in 2011 before being promoted to head coach for the 2013 season.

1997 Utah State Aggies football team

The 1997 Utah State Aggies football team represented Utah State University in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was led by third-year head coach John L. Smith and played their home games at Romney Stadium in Logan, Utah.

Utah State was co-champion of the Big West Conference, completed the regular season with a 6–5 record (4–1

in conference), and received an invitation to the inaugural Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. The Aggies were defeated by Cincinnati, 35–19, in their last bowl appearance until 2011. Smith left for Louisville after the season, and was succeeded by Dave Arslanian in 1998.

2009 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2009 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament will take place in March 2009.

2010 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2010 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place on March 10–13, 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena in Anaheim, California. The winner of the tournament was UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos received the conference's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

2013 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2013 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place March 14–16, 2013 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Tournament was previously held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The winner of the tournament received the conference's automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

2014 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2014 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place March 13–15, 2014 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The champion Cal Poly Mustangs received the conference's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

2015 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2015 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament took place March 12–14, 2015 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The top eight teams qualified for the tournament. In the semifinals, the highest seed played the lowest seed, with two remaining seeds playing each other. The champion received the conference's automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

2016 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2016 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament will take place March 10–12, 2016 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The champion will receive the conference's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Cal State Northridge did not participate in the tournament due to a self-imposed postseason ban for academic fraud violations.

2017 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2017 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Big West Conference. The tournament took place March 9–11, 2017 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The tournament winner, UC Davis, received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 50–47 win over UC Irvine in the final.

2018 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2018 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Big West Conference of the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It was held from March 8 through March 10, 2018 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. No. 4 seed Cal State Fullerton defeated No. 3 seed UC Irvine in the championship game to win the tournament winner and receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

2019 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2019 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the Big West Conference of the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It was held from March 14 through March 16, 2019 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. UC Irvine defeated Cal State Fullerton 92–64 in the championship game to win the tournament, and received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The championship was the second for UC Irvine in the Big West, last winning it in 2015.

Big West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The Big West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the Big West Conference's most outstanding player. The conference was formed in 1969 and was known as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association until 1988. The award was first given following the 1969–70 season. No player has won the award three times, but there have been seven two-time players of the year. Larry Johnson of UNLV was also the national player of the year in 1990–91, the same season of his second consecutive Big West Player of the Year accolade.

Long Beach State has had the most all-time winners with 12. There have been three ties in the award's history, most recently in 2007–08. Among present Big West members, two schools have had no winners: Cal Poly and UC Riverside.

Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The Big West Men's Basketball Tournament (formerly the Pacific Coast Athletic Association Men's Basketball Tournament) is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Big West Conference.

It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. Only the top eight teams in the conference qualify for the tournament. The winner receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Prior to 1985, it was known as the PCAA (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) Tournament for the conference's former name.

Big West Conference Men's Soccer Tournament

The Big West Men's Soccer Tournament is the conference championship tournament in soccer for the Big West Conference. The tournament has been held every year since 2008. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records. The winner, declared conference champion, receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship.

Cal State Fullerton Titans

The Cal State Fullerton Titans (also known as CSUF or Fullerton Titans) are the athletic teams that represent California State University, Fullerton.

The Titans are a member of the NCAA Division I level. The Titans compete within the Big West Conference (BWC) for most sports, wrestling competes as a member of the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12) and gymnastics competes as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

UC Davis Aggies baseball

The UC Davis Aggies baseball team represents the University of California, Davis in the sport of baseball. The team competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and in the Big West Conference. They are currently led by head coach Matt Vaughn, who has held the position since 2012.

The Aggies competed at the NCAA Division II level through 2005. At that level, they appeared in the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship 7 times, including two appearances in the College World Series, where they earned fifth-place finishes each time. At the Division I level, the Aggies have made one appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, in 2008, where they finished 1–2 in regional competition.In 2008, future major leaguer Ty Kelly led the Big West Conference with a .397 batting average as a sophomore, and was #2 in the Big West Conference in hits with 94; his career batting average and hits total rank second and third, respectively, in Aggies history.

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