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Monday, August 4, 2008
Cowboys aren't fazed by championship drought

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Teams use different forms of inspiration to help them get through the long practices of August.

According to the Oklahoman, Oklahoma State players are wearing thin rubber orange bracelets with lettering that reads "Big 12 Champs, Dec. 8, 2008."

Texas coach Mack Brown and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel have used similar forms of inspiration in recent years. OSU coach Mike Gundy wants his team talking about championships, despite the fact that the Cowboys have claimed only one conference crown since 1960 when it joined the Big Eight Conference. That was in 1976, when it shared a three-way title with Colorado and Oklahoma.

A championship this season might seems like an unfounded goal, considering the Cowboys lack of title success over the years. But Gundy doesn't mind.

"We don't talk enough around here about winning championships," Gundy told the Oklahoman. "I think that's something evolved over 50 years around here. Our players feel like they need to talk more about winning a championship."

But the Cowboys' drought is small potatoes compared to Iowa State, which hasn't won or shared a conference championship since claiming a share of the old Missouri Valley Conference title in 1912.

And even going to a bowl game is a struggle for some Big 12 teams -- an amazing consideration considering the proliferation of postseason contests in recent years. Baylor last made a bowl trip in 1994 and the Bears won their last bowl game in 1992. Putting that streak in context are two facts about the Bears' 20-15 triumph over Arizona in the Sun Bowl.

It was Grant Teaff's last game as Baylor's coach. And it came in the final days of George H. W. Bush's administration, less than two months after Bill Clinton ended his re-election hopes in the 1992 election.

TeamLast
Big 12 title
Last conference
championship
Last
bowl
Last bowl
victory
Bowl
W/L streak
Baylor -- 1994* 1994 1992 L1
Colorado 2001 2001 2007 2004 L2
Iowa State -- 1912* 2005 2004 L1
Kansas -- 1968* 2007 2007 W2
Kansas State 2003 2003 2006 2002 L2
Missouri -- 1969* 2007 2007 W1
Nebraska 1999 1999 2006 2005 L1
Oklahoma 2007 2007 2007 2005 L2
Oklahoma State -- 1976* 2007 2007 W2
Texas 2005 2005 2007 2007 W4
Texas A&M 1998 1998 2007 2001 L3
Texas Tech -- 1994* 2007 2007 W2
* Indicates a shared conference championship