If you’ve ever watched the Big Ten Network or the SEC Network late at night on a weekday evening in the summer, you’ve probably come across some “classic” conference games involving “legends” from those leagues that got you doing a double. – to take.
Missouri vs Kansas is a classic SEC game? Is Nebraska vs Oklahoma a classic Big Ten game?
Chase Daniel and Norm Stewart are SEC legends? Eric Crouch and Tom Osborne belong to the Big Ten?
We all know these games, players, and coaches existed under the Big 12 (or Big Eight) flag, before schools like Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas A&M rushed to other conferences. But their new leagues have sometimes claimed players from these teams, even though they never attended their conference.
With that in mind, now is the time for the Big 12 to celebrate some of its most recent “legends”.
There are some good ones.
The Big 12 officially invited BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF to join its ranks on Friday, and all four schools agreed. This means that the famous players and coaches of these four teams can now be classified as “Big 12 legends”.
Two prominent members of the Kansas City Chiefs top the list.
Andy Reid played offensive tackle for the BYU football team from 1978 to 1980 before becoming a coach. The black-and-white photo of him wearing an old BYU uniform remains a sight to behold. He is now a Big 12 legend.
“It’s great,” Reid said of BYU joining the Big 12. “It’s phenomenal. Good people up there. They deserve this opportunity.
Other famous BYU alumni include basketball star Jimmer Fredette, former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer, former Chicago Bears quarterback and Super Bowl winner Jim McMahon and Super Bowl winner. Steve Young.
Cincinnati also provides the Big 12 with a new Chiefs flavor. Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce played college football in Cincinnati before becoming one of the NFL’s best players in his role.
The Bearcats also remind us that no head coach has worked for more Big 12 schools than Bob Huggins. He spent time in Cincinnati and the state of Kansas before settling in West Virginia.
The addition of Cincinnati to the conference also means that Kenyon Martin is now a “legend” of the Big 12.
Houston should help boost the Big 12 on the basketball court as soon as they start attending the conference. It also adds to UH’s own history, as the Big 12 can now claim the “Phi Slama Jama” team which included Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler as their own.
Other Houston alumni include CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz, rapper Lil Wayne, and 1989 Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware. They are now Big 12 legends.
Central Florida probably brings the fewest new Big 12 legends to the conference, but they do have some prominent former athletes, such as basketball center Tacko Fall and quarterback Blake Bortles.
But former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper is arguably the best-known UCF star in the group.
One last thing before we wrap up this admittedly silly list of “classics” and “legends” who never actually played in the Big 12: K-State and Cincinnati have already played the perfect game to broadcast as a rerun.
In 1995, K-State quarterback Matt Miller found future Chiefs wide receiver Kevin Lockett to beat Cincinnati 23-21 with a touchdown pass on the last play of the game.
Talk about a classic Big 12 Conference game.