Jan. 31, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama rowing is one of three new affiliates that will compete under the Big 12 banner starting in 2015.
Alabama, Old Dominion and Tennessee will be the three newest members of the conference, joining Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia.
Previously, all eight teams have competed in the Conference USA Championships for an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia would compete in a separate five-team Big 12 Championship the week prior, though an automatic NCAA bid to the winner was not granted since it did not meet the six-team minimum.
All eight teams will still compete in the Conference USA Championships this season, set for Saturday, May 17 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The format and structure of future Big 12 Championships will be announced at a later date.
The Crimson Tide kicks off the spring portion of its 2013-14 season at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on Saturday, March 15.