Our initial Get to Know segment highlighting the Auburn War Eagles/Tigers sparked a bevy of comments and displayed to our readers - and the college football world at large - the hatred that exists between Barners and Bammers. In fact, we think they're still flaming each other in the comment section of that post.
Today's Get to Know segment takes a look at a major quirk in one of college football's great conferences: The Big 12. The conference was formed in 1994 when the Big Eight merged with four schools from the scandal-ridden Southwest Conference. The first Big 12 college football games were played in the fall of 1996. But that's not what this post is all about. No, the reason for this post is to expose five of the Big 12 schools - all five from the Big Eight - that don't seem to know how abbreviations work. The guilty parties are:
- The University of Kansas
- The University of Missouri
- The University of Nebraska
- The University of Colorado
- The University of Oklahoma
I know of no other Division IA schools that do this, yet five of them that do are all in the same conference. In addition, for most of its history, Missouri was referred to as UM. However, about 15 years ago they were bullied into changing into the dyslexic version, MU. Yet, they still seem hesitant about it. All of their branch campuses use UM (UMSL in St. Louis, UMKC in Kansas City, and UMR in Rolla). Even their official site uses the correct version toward the bottom of the linked page.
Interestingly, the official Big 12 site is very particular about how one is to refer to the conference's name. No using "Big XII" or "Big Twelve." It's only supposed to be "Big 12." If they're so concerned about proper usage, they should start with their member schools. But, keep in mind, this very post you're reading is coming from a blog that specializes in a school from a conference that can't even count.