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Brett Yormark on Big 12 Tiebreakers: ‘No Confusion On Our Part’

Syndication: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

ARLINGTON, Texas — Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark knows everyone was talking about the league’s tiebreakers for football a few weeks ago.

But, to him, the issue is settled.

“I know there was a lot of talk about that, but it was always about head-to-head competition,” Yormark said. “And then common opponents.”


The conference took a hit a few weeks ago as the validity of tie breakers came into question after a Big 12 official told an Oklahoman reporter that head-to-head tiebreakers would not matter in a multi-team tiebreaker.

That revelation caused four days of discussions within the conference and polarizing reactions on social media until the Big 12 provided a “clarification” to the tiebreaker rules that clearly defined head-to-head being the top tiebreaker. To some that had been following the story and to fans of certain teams, it was seen as a “change” to the language that was there previously.

Yormark reiterated on Saturday that there was never a change.

“There was no confusion on our part, it was just reinforcing what that tiebreaker outcome would look like,” Yormark said.


Before the “clarification,” the tiebreaker situation was difficult to comprehend as it seemed Oklahoma State might not win the tiebreaker in a three-way tie with Kansas State and Oklahoma, even though it beat both teams.

The “clarification” reinforced that Oklahoma State’s head-to-head tiebreaker would be respected in that situation.

It mattered little to Texas, which won out and finished at the top of the Big 12 standings. It also ended up mattering little to Oklahoma State, as the Cowboys ended up in a second-place tie with just Oklahoma, which set up an easy head-to-head tiebreaker.

But the league caused a lot of headaches for themselves as media and fans had a hard time figuring out what was accurate.


But the league isn’t entertaining changes to how things will look in 2024, specifically the thought of going back to divisions.

“I don’t think that would help moving forward,” Yormark said. “I think what you see today in this conference is what it will be moving forward.”

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