The Big 12 was formed way back on February 25, 1994 from a combination of teams from the Big Eight Conference and the Texas teams Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Baylor from the defunct Southwest Conference. It has had a nice 16 year run and has won more than their fair share of national championships…by my count they’ve won 59 titles, including five football and one basketball.
Now the Big 12 who is a football powerhouse, a basketball powerhouse, a track powerhouse, a baseball powerhouse, a men’s gymnastics powerhouse, a track and field powerhouse, even a f-cking bowling powerhouse is no more.
What caused the demise of this conference will surely be debated for many years to come. Was it the money…couldn’t have been the Big 12 made $139 million, more money this year than they ever has. Was it the competition…not with every school having won a conference and national title in its time as a member of the Big 12.