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A championship game will return to Big 12 football in 2017

A championship game is coming back to Big 12 football.

Multiple outlets reported on Friday afternoon that the conference unanimously voted to add the game starting with the 2017 season. The conference last played a championship game in 2010.

ESPN’s Jake Trotter reports that adding the game still doesn’t guarantee the conference will be expanding.


The conference leaders will meet again later this summer to make decisions on expansion.

The conference also announced their revenue distribution for the 2014-15 school year that paid out $30.4 million to each school. That number is the third highest among the Power 5 conferences behind the Big Ten and the SEC. 

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby also noted that a Big 12 Network is highly unlikely.


Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic throughout the weekend for more on this story.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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