OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
T he Big 12 is in its 23rd
year in 2018-19 as it
continues to promote the
strength and success of one of the
nation’s premier athletic conferences
under the direction of seventh-year
commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
TCU and West Virginia joined the
league on July 1, 2012 and became the
Big 12’s fi rst additions since inception,
joining Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas,
Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
State, Texas and Texas Tech.
With 10 members, the Big 12
remains as the only autonomy
conference to determine its champions
in all sports directly on the fi eld of play with a full round-robin
schedule. The Conference’s hard work ethic and strong values
have translated to enormous success in its fi rst 22 years. Since
it began competition in 1996-97, the league can boast of 60 NCAA
team titles and 654 individual national championships.
The Big 12 has been at the forefront in college athletics reform,
specifi cally with student-athlete welfare issues to include cost of
attendance, student-athlete time demands and strengthening its
policy for concussion diagnosis and management. In 2014-15, the
Big 12 introduced and hosted three “State of Collegiate Athletics”
forums to examine the issues facing college athletics. Two were
conducted in Washington, D.C and one in New York City. Panelists
included respected authorities from intercollegiate athletics,
university leadership and sports journalism. The third forum
featured a special session comprised of student-athletes. The
Big 12 has continued the “State of Collegiate Athletics” forums
the past four seasons with Dallas serving as the host site for
three events and one staged in Atlanta.
Big 12 Champions for Life, an initiative of the Big 12 Conference,
will begin its fourth year in 2018-19. It features student-athletes,
selected by Conference institutions, in a series of public service
announcements highlighting the positive impact an athletics
scholarship has had on their lives leading to stories of personal
growth and success.
The Big 12 was the only conference in 2017-18 that placed
a team in the College Football Playoff (Oklahoma), Men’s Final
Four (Kansas), Men’s College World Series (Texas and Texas
Tech) and Women’s College World Series (Oklahoma). National
championships were won by Texas men’s swimming & diving and
Oklahoma State men’s golf. UT’s title was its fourth-consecutive while the Big 12 picked up its
second straight men’s golf crown with Oklahoma winning it in 2017. Of the eight teams that
advanced to match play in the men’s golf championship, half of the fi eld represented the Big 12.
For the fi rst time in Conference history, the Big 12 sent 90 percent of its men’s basketball
teams to postseason play with seven in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and
two in the National Invitation Tournament. The Big 12 is the fi rst league since at least 1996-97
to accomplish this feat. The Conference’s 70 percent participation in the NCAA Championship
was the highest of all leagues.
The Big 12 led the nation in the fall of 2017 with 80 percent of its teams selected to bowl
games highlighted by No. 2 Oklahoma competing in the CFP Semifi nal at the Rose Bowl. The
Big 12 had at least 80 percent of teams bowl eligible for the third time in Conference history
(90 percent in 2010 and 80 percent in 2011). It marked just the 14th occasion since 1996
that an FBS league had at least 80 percent of teams with 6-plus wins. The Big 12 has made
six appearances in a CFP News Year’s Bowl in the four years of the structure.
Additionally, the Big 12 added its sixth Heisman Trophy winner since 1996 with Baker
Mayfi eld (Oklahoma) taking home the 2017 award. The Conference has had a fi nalist in 14 of
its seasons for a total of 19 with two fi nalists in fi ve seasons. Thirty-eight major individual
awards have been won by Big 12 student-athletes in football over the past nine campaigns.
Overall, more than 4,800 student-athletes have earned All-America recognition.
The Big 12 and its member institutions are committed to a competitive environment where
sportsmanship and fair play take center stage. Whether on the fi eld, in the classroom or within
the community, the student-athletes, administrators, coaches and game offi cials of the Big
12 support the highest ideals in sportsmanship.
National academic accolades have always been strong in the Big 12. Ty Darlington (Oklahoma)
was the recipient of the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy, known as the Academic Heisman.
Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma) was presented the NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award in January 2015. It
recognizes former student-athletes for their successes on the fi elds and courts, in the classroom
and in the community. Since 1996, the Big 12 has a total of 11 honorees for this prestigious
award. In the last seven seasons, 14 student-athletes were recipients of the NCAA Elite 90
Award with Oklahoma State’s Noah Gade (cross country), Oklahoma’s Lily Miyazaki (women’s
tennis) and Baylor’s Colin Kober (men’s golf) picking up the most recent honors in 2017-18. The
accolade showcases individuals who have reached the pinnacle of competition at the national
championship level, while also achieving the highest academic standard among their peers.
In its short history, the Big 12 has over 650 Academic All-America recipients, averaging
about 30 each season. Big 12 student-athletes have shown commitment to their studies
by earning numerous individual academic recognitions. Thirteen times in the past 14 years
a league athlete has garnered the top academic honor for their respective sport, including
Jevon Carter (West Virginia) for men’s basketball in 2017-18.
Competitive excellence, scholarship and sportsmanship are all equal components of the
Big 12 philosophy. All-Big 12 teams and Academic All-Big 12 squads are recognized for each
sport at the end of their respective seasons. At the end of each academic year, the Conference
honors its top male and female student-athletes with the Big 12 Athlete of the Year and Big
12 Sportsperson of the Year awards.
Institutions can also nominate student-athletes for the prestigious Dr. Prentice Gautt
Postgraduate Scholarships. A total of 421 scholars have received over $3.1 million in
postgraduate fi nancial aid through the fi rst 22 years of the program.
The Big 12 sponsors 23 sports. Men’s squads include baseball, basketball, cross country,
football, golf, indoor track & fi eld, outdoor track & fi eld, swimming & diving, tennis and
wrestling. Women’s teams are fi elded in basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, gymnastics,
indoor track & fi eld, outdoor track & fi eld, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis
Big 12 institutions create a league that encompasses fi ve states and nearly 38 million
people. Nearly 5,000 student-athletes from across the United States and around the World
compete annually in the sports sponsored by the Conference.
The Conference currently conducts postseason championships for 21 of its 23 sports with
the Football Championship Game returning in 2017 after a six-year absence. Each championship
helps to determine teams and/or individuals that will represent the Conference in national
The Conference offi ce is headquartered in Irving, Texas.
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