Big Eight Conference
From BR Bullpen
The Big Eight Conference, a former NCAA-affiliated Division I-A college athletic association 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 of St. Louis. Additionally, the University of Iowa was a joint member of the newly formed MVIAA and the older Western Conference (now the Big Ten Conference). Its first season of play was in 1907.
In 1964 the MVIAA officially renamed itself the Big Eight Conference.
The conference remained essentially unchanged until 1996, when the eight member schools combined with four former members of the now-defunct Southwest Conference (Baylor University, University of Texas, Texas A&M University, and Texas Tech University) to form the Big 12 Conference. The Big 12 officially regards itself as a new conference. However, despite the official dissolution of the Big Eight, many consider the Big 12 an enlarged version of the old Big Eight, especially among fans of that former conference.