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Thursday, June 10, 2010
History lessons: Big 12, Big 8, SWC

By ESPN Stats & Analysis

BIG 12

First Year: 1996
Original members: Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

TIMELINE
2010: Nebraska announces plans to join Big Ten
2010: Colorado withdrew and joins Pac-10 (begins football in 2012)


BIG 8

First Year: 1907 (originally called Missouri Valley.. Big 6.. Big 7.. Big 8)
Original members: Nebraska, Iowa*, Kansas, Missouri, Washington (Mo.)
* Iowa held dual membership in Big Ten

TIMELINE
1908: Drake and Iowa State admitted
1913: Kansas State admitted
1919: Grinnell admitted
1920: Oklahoma admitted
1919-20: Nebraska withdrew to become independent
1921: Nebraska re-admitted
1925: Oklahoma State admitted
1928: Conference splits. Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma break away (Big 6 replaces Missouri Valley as name of conference)
1948: Colorado admitted (Big 7 is new name)
1960: Oklahoma State re-admitted (Big 8 is new name -- “officially” changed in 1964)
1996: Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State withdrew to join new Big 12 Conference


SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE (SWC)

First Year: 1915
Original members: Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Rice, Texas, Texas A&M

TIMELINE
1918: SMU admitted
1920: Oklahoma withdrew
1923: TCU admitted
1925: Oklahoma State withdrew
1960: Texas Tech admitted
1976: Houston admitted
1992: Arkansas withdrew to join SEC
1996: Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor withdrew to join new Big 12 Conference