Big 12 Conference

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The Big 12 Conference is a college athletic conference of twelve schools located in the Central United States, with its headquarters located in Las Colinas, a community in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas. It is a member of the NCAA's Division I for all sports; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two levels of NCAA Division I football competition. Member schools are located in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

The conference was officially formed on February 25, 1994, when the members of the Big Eight Conference joined with four Texas schools from the Southwest Conference.[1] Athletic competition in the conference commenced on August 31, 1996. Although the Big 12 is essentially the old Big Eight plus the four Texas schools, it regards itself as a separate conference (as opposed to an enlarged Big Eight) and does not claim the Big Eight's history as its own.

The conference is split into two divisions for most major sports. The Oklahoma and Texas schools make up the South Division, and the other former Big Eight Conference teams make up the North Division. Due to the announced departures of Colorado and Nebraska after the 2010-2011 academic year, the divisional format will end in 2011.

According to the Big 12 Conference's website, the use of the alternate names "Big Twelve" and "Big XII" are incorrect. The trademarked name of the conference is "Big 12 Conference", notwithstanding the Roman numeral XII featured on the conference logo.[2]

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