Before Big Eight basketball teams began competing in the newly formed Big 12 Conference in 1994, their longest league road trip was about 600 mi. And among the former Southwest Conference schools that now comprise the league’s southern division, it was only 400 mi to the farthest conference venue. Today, travel to play Big 12 games can range as much as 900 mi, and inter-conference contests may take cagers to both coasts, Hawaii and Alaska.
Oklahoma State University–Stillwater
The NTSB has written a comprehensive letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recommending that all university athletic departments emulate Oklahoma State University’s revised team travel policy. In January 2001 a Beech King Air 200 crashed near Strasburg, Colo., after an electrical failure, killing all on board–two pilots and eight members of the OSU basketball team.