As we draw near the close of another Big 12 sports year, we thought it would be of interest to take a look at the Big 12 Championships scoreboard with two seasons – fall and winter sports – completed and conference championships in men’s and women’s golf and tennis to be decided this weekend.
Football and basketball are the flagship sports in Big 12 athletics, as they are throughout the college sports universe, and rightfully draw the vast majority of fan attention and press coverage and commentary. Big 12 schools participate in 14 other competitive sports throughout the academic year in addition to football and basketball, the two biggest revenue producers.
With championships already decided in 14 different athletic programs, and nine more to be decided, Texas and Oklahoma State are tied with regular-season and/or conference championships in four programs.
The Longhorns were conference champions in both men’s and women’s swimming and diving and women’s indoor track and field, and the Texas women won the regular-season crown in volleyball. Oklahoma State won conference championships in men’s cross country, men’s indoor track and field, wrestling (which the Cowboys have won 12 times in the 18 years since the Big 12 was formed) and equestrian.
West Virginia (regular season and conference tournament championship in soccer and co-regular-season champions n women’s basketball) and Baylor (football and regular season co-champions and postseason tournament champions in women’s basketball) have both claimed three conference championships this year in three different sports.
Iowa State won the Big 12 women’s cross-country title and the postseason tournament championship in men’s basketball. Kansas was the regular season champion in men’s basketball for the 10th consecutive year, and Oklahoma finished first in the conference and were co-national champions in women’s gymnastics.
With championships in nine different sports programs at stake between now and the end of May, we will continue to update the Big 12 all-sports leaderboard through the end of the 2013-14 college sports season.
Big 12 Team Championships in 2013-14
(Both regular-season winners and conference championship teams)
Texas Longhorns – 4
Oklahoma State Cowboys - 4
West Virginia Mountaineers - 3
Baylor Bears – 3
Iowa State Cyclones – 2
Kansas Jayhawks – 1
Oklahoma Sooners – 1
Texas Tech Red Raiders - 0
TCU Horned Frogs – 0