Big 12 Conference

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The conference was officially formed on February 25, 1994, when the former Big Eight Conference merged with four Texas schools that had been members of the Southwest Conference, which had just disbanded. Athletic competition in the conference commenced on August 31, 1996. While the Big 12 regards itself as a new conference, many fans, especially those of the original Big Eight schools, regard it as an enlarged Big Eight.

Phillips 66 sponsors the conference's championship tournament. The tournament has been held in Oklahoma City, OK every year except for two. In 2002 and 2004 it was held at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX. All-Sport Stadium hosted the tournament once, 1997. AT&T Bricktown Ballpark has hosted the tournament every other year and will continue to do so until 2011.

In late July 2021, the Big 12 (and indeed all of college football) was rocked when Oklahoma and Texas announced that were leaving to join the Southeastern Conference no later than July 2025. It left the remaining 8 schools without a marquee brand school in the lineup and putting the conference's future in question. The Big 12 had been one of the "Power 5 Conference"s in college (along with the SEC, Big 10, ACC, and Pac 12), and there was question whether the conference could continue in that role. The conference moved quickly (in a move driven by primarily football and money) to add University of Cincinnati, Brigham Young University, University of Houston, and University of Central Florida.

According to the Big 12 Conference's website, the use of the alternate names "Big Twelve" and "Big XII" are incorrect; the trademarked name of the conference is "Big 12 Conference" (notwithstanding that the conference logo features the Roman numeral XII).

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2004-2014 Logo


Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion Notes
1997 Texas Tech Red Raiders Oklahoma Sooners
1998 Texas A&M Aggies Texas Tech Red Raiders
1999 Texas A&M Aggies Nebraska Cornhuskers
2000 Baylor Bears Nebraska Cornhuskers
2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska Cornhuskers
2002 Texas Longhorns Texas Longhorns Texas wins College World Series
2003 Nebraska Cornhuskers Texas Longhorns
2004 Texas Longhorns Oklahoma St. Cowboys
2005 Nebraska Cornhuskers Nebraska Cornhuskers Texas wins College World Series
2006 Texas Longhorns Kansas Jayhawks
2007 Texas Longhorns Texas A&M Aggies
2008 Texas A&M Aggies Texas Longhorns
2009 Texas Longhorns Texas Longhorns
2010 Texas Longhorns Texas A&M Aggies
2011 Texas Longhorns Texas A&M Aggies
2012 Baylor Bears Missouri Tigers
2013 Kansas St. Wildcats Oklahoma Sooners
2014 Oklahoma St. Cowboys TCU Horned Frogs
2015 TCU Horned Frogs Texas Longhorns
2016 Texas Tech Red Raiders TCU Horned Frogs
2017 Texas Tech Red Raiders / TCU Horned Frogs Oklahoma St. Cowboys
2018 Texas Longhorns Baylor Bears
2019 Texas Tech Red Raiders Oklahoma St. Cowboys
2020 Season cancelled in March
2021 Texas Longhorns TCU Horned Frogs
2022 TCU Horned Frogs University of Oklahoma
2023 Oklahoma St. Cowboys
Texas Longhorns
West Virginia Mountaineers
TCU Horned Frogs
2024 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma St. Cowboys