Big 12 Conference
college athletics conference operating primarily in the west-central United States
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.
|Baylor University||Waco, Texas||1845||Private||Bears||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||2012|
|University of Texas at Austin||Austin, Texas||1883||Public||Longhorns||1996|
|Texas Tech University||Lubbock, Texas||1923||Public||Red Raiders & Lady Raiders[a]||1996|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, West Virginia||1867||Public||Mountaineers||2012|
- ↑ Texas Tech uses the "Lady Raiders" nickname for women's teams in sports that are sponsored for both sexes. Sports sponsored for only one sex, whether men's or women's, use "Red Raiders".
|School||Location||Founded||Type||Nickname||Joining Big 12|
|Brigham Young University (BYU)||Provo, Utah||1875||Private||Cougars||2023|
|University of Cincinnati||Cincinnati, Ohio||1819||Public||Bearcats||2023|
|University of Houston||Houston, Texas||1927||Public||Cougars||2023|
|University of Central Florida (UCF)||Orlando, Florida||1963||Public||Knights||2023|
The Big 12 also has 13 "associate members", all of which play one sport in the conference.
Four schools have left the Big 12 since it was formed. Missouri would return to the Big 12 in 2021 as a wrestling-only member.
|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|
- "Big 12 Conference". big12sports.com. Retrieved 2014-06-13.