Big 12 Conference

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University of Texas at Austin playing football against Iowa State University

The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference that is part of the NCAA's Division I. It started when the Big 8 Conference joined together with four colleges from Texas that had been part of the Southwest Conference, and the first games in the Big 12 Conference were played in 1996.

Members[change | change source]

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
Big 12
Baylor University Waco, Texas 1845 Private Bears[a 1] 1996
Iowa State University Ames, Iowa 1858 Public Cyclones 1996
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 1865 Public Jayhawks 1996
Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas 1863 Public Wildcats 1996
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 1890 Public Sooners 1996
Oklahoma State University–Stillwater Stillwater, Oklahoma 1890 Public Cowboys &
Texas Christian University (TCU) Fort Worth, Texas 1873 Private Horned Frogs[a 2] 2012
University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas 1883 Public Longhorns 1996
Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas 1923 Public Red Raiders[a 3] 1996
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 Public Mountaineers 2012
  1. Some Baylor women's teams, notably the women's basketball team, use "Lady Bears" as their nickname.
  2. Some TCU women's teams, notably the women's basketball team, use "Lady Froga" as their nickname.
  3. The Texas Tech women's basketball team uses "Lady Raiders" as its nickname. All other women's teams use "Red Raiders".

Associate members[change | change source]

The Big 12 also has three "associate members", all of which play one sport in the conference.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
Big 12
Big 12 Sport Main Conference
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1831 Public Crimson Tide 2014 Women's rowing SEC
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 Public Lady Monarchs 2014 Women's rowing C-USA
University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee 1794 Public Lady Volunteers 2014 Women's rowing SEC

Former members[change | change source]

Four schools have left the Big 12 since it was formed.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
Big 12
Big 12
Current Conference
University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder, Colorado 1876 Public Buffaloes 1996 2011 Pac-12
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 Public Tigers 1996 2012 SEC
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska 1869 Public Cornhuskers 1996 2011 Big Ten
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas 1876 Public Aggies 1996 2012 SEC

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