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The Apologetic Big 12

The Big 12 has made some mistakes in its time as a conference. The Big 12 knows it messed up, and would like to say it's sorry.

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Yesterday, newspapers reported that Big 12 officials apologized to Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy over Texas' missed goal-line fumble in last Saturday's OSU-UT game. Big 12 officials quickly responded that those reports were incorrect; and stated that there had been no apology issued. However, the Big 12 did take time to release a list of apologies for mistakes the conference has made over the past 18 years.


Great work, Johnny!

  • The oh-so-current logo, created by precocious fifth-grader Johnny Menkins in third-period computer class back in 1994.
  • Nebraska. Just the whole state.
  • "Points are a limited resource, guys! The Big 12's reckless scoring is creating a shortage in other conferences! Just look at the terrible offensive output from schools in the Big Ten!"
  • The failure to take down the kingpins behind the Missouri Tigers, a crime syndicate who used the university as a front to manufacture and distribute low-grade meth to the general populace.
  • The conference's inability to count (10 =/= 12).
  • Insufficient fire-safety instructions posted in West Virginia's stadium, which allowed West Virginia and Baylor to set the field ablaze, taking the life of several cornerbacks. RIP, Joe Williams.
  • Creating a conference game so exciting it turned Nick Saban from evil defensive-minded dwarf into a crotchety old man ranting about how things used to be better back in the day. Watch that back-sass, son; or Saban'll get the hickory switch.
  • Feline AIDS. Not the Big 12's fault in any way; just really, really sad.
  • "Big 12 conference network? Who the hell would want to watch that? APPROVAL DENIED."
  • The CoLOLorado BuffaLOLes.
  • Letting Texas A&M ruin an old man's dying wish in 1998. RIP, Bill Snyder.


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  • Harboring undead warlocks.
  • Letting Missouri play football circa 2004.
  • Letting Kansas play football circa 2005.
  • Moving the Big 12 basketball tournament from its ancestral home in basketball-crazed Kansas City to the basketball wasteland of Dallas, Texas for a few years.
  • Unequal revenue distribution. No joke here, it was just really fucking dumb.
  • Allowing Texas A&M and their mason jar-toting yell leaders anywhere near high-functioning members of society. Decent women and children in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma still bear the trauma of the Aggie's time in the conference.
  • Summer of Terror '10: CONFERENCE REALIGN-MAGEDDON.
  • Summer of Terror '11: REALIGN-MAGEDDON II: The Quickening. Worst franchise idea in history.
  • The conference's insistence that the conference name be written as "Big 12" instead of the much classier "Big XII."
  • "Today, we are proud to announce Dan Beebe as the next commissioner of the Big 12 conference."