Dallas Colleges: Big 8

Time machine: The last time Texas was unranked ...

October, 4, 2010
10/04/10
2:07
PM CT
Let’s take a trip back in a Longhorn time machine to October 15, 2000 -- the last time Texas was unranked in the AP Poll ...

Then: Mack Brown was 3 years into his head coaching tenure at Texas, with a 21-10 record and outranked in tenure by several of his Big 12 colleagues, including Texas A&M’s R.C. Slocum, Iowa State’s Dan McCarney and Missouri’s Larry Smith.
Now: Mack Brown is 13 years into his head coaching tenure at Texas, with a 131-29 record and the longest tenure in the Big 12.

Then: Will Muschamp was just six years out of college and was the defensive coordinator of the Division II Valdosta State Blazers.
Now: Will Muschamp is the Texas defensive coordinator and head coach in waiting.

Then: Texas fell out of the poll even though it beat Colorado 28-14 the day before.
Now: Texas fell out of the poll after losing to Oklahoma 28-20 the day before.

Then: Garrett Gilbert was 9 years old.
Now: Garrett Gilbert is 19 years old and Texas’ starting quarterback.

Then: Major Applewhite was one of two main Texas quarterbacks.
Now: Major Applewhite is assistant head coach and running backs coach at Texas after becoming the youngest coordinator in FBS in 2007 when he coached the offense at Alabama.

Then: Chris Simms was one of two main Texas quarterbacks.
Now: Chris Simms is an NFL free agent quarterback after spending the 2009 season with the Denver Broncos.

Then: Shaun Rogers and Casey Hampton were a pair of defensive tackles for Mack Brown’s Texas team.
Now: Shaun Rogers and Casey Hampton are both 10-year NFL veteran defensive tackles playing in the AFC North, combining for eight Pro Bowl selections and 44.5 sacks in their careers.

Then: Oklahoma beat Texas 63-14 in the Red River Rivalry behind six Rush TD from Quentin Griffin.
Now: Oklahoma beat Texas 28-20 in the Red River Rivalry behind two Rush TD from DeMarco Murray.

Then: Oklahoma was 6-0, on its way to an undefeated season and national title.
Now: Oklahoma is 5-0, eyeing an undefeated season and national title.

Then: Purdue, Oregon State, Minnesota, Georgia and Notre Dame were ranked in the AP Top 25.
Now: Those teams are a combined 8-15 this season.

Then: Alabama, Boise State, Auburn, LSU and Michigan State were not ranked in the AP Top 25.
Now: Those teams are a combined 24-0 this season.

Then: The Big 12 was still forming its own identity. It was its fifth year as a conference, having recently added four Texas schools from the Southwest Conference to the existing Big 8 to form a new conference.
Now: The Big 12 will soon form a new identity. It will lose two members when Colorado leaves for the Pac-10 and Nebraska leaves for the Big Ten.

Then: Texas had three national titles, one Big 12 Title and two Heisman Trophy winners (Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams).
Now: Texas has four national titles, three Big 12 Titles and the same number of Heisman Trophy winners (despite the recent Reggie Bush-Vince Young controversy).

Then: The Longhorn Sports Network was nowhere to be found.
Now: The Longhorn Sports Network is broadcasting Texas football and Texas basketball coverage on both television and radio, and could expand to become the first of its kind -- a broadly distributed sports network created by and focused on one university.

Then: Bo Pelini was in his first year as the linebackers coach of the Green Bay Packers.
Now: Bo Pelini is the coach of Texas’ next opponent, No. 7 Nebraska.

Then: The State Fair of Texas (during which the Red River Rivalry was played) unveiled the Millennium Quilt -- Texas Then and Now.
Now: The State Fair of Texas (during which the Red River Rivalry was played) featured the Eli Young Band, Collective Soul and fried beer.

History lessons: Big 12, Big 8, SWC

June, 10, 2010
6/10/10
4:49
PM CT

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

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