Iowa State Reacts to Colorado Rejoining the Big 12

Quotes from Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen and Athletics Director Jamie Pollard on the addition of Colorado to the Big 12 Conference:


“The University of Colorado shares Iowa State University’s commitment to excellence in academics, innovation and athletics, and we are pleased to have them rejoin the Big 12 conference. As a member of the Board of Directors executive committee, it is exciting to see the growth and strength of the Big 12 and I applaud Commissioner Yormark’s leadership and vision for the conference.”


– Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University President and secretary/treasurer of the Big 12 Board of Directors


“Iowa State is thrilled to welcome the University of Colorado back into the Big 12 Conference. The Cyclones and Buffaloes enjoyed a spirited rivalry for more than 60 years in the Big 7, Big 8 and early years of the Big 12, so we are excited to resume competing with them next year.


“This great news for the Big 12 Conference would not have been possible without Commissioner Yormark’s vision as well as the hard work by former Commissioner Bowlsby in bringing BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston on board as members in 2023-24. The Big 12 brand has never been stronger, and I believe great days are ahead for our conference.”


– Jamie Pollard, Director of Athletics, Iowa State University

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