There used to be a powerful college football conference that won 32 national championships between 1914 and 1996….and that was the old Southwest Conference (SWC)….where football was KING….and all other sports bowed down to the mighty SWC football teams.
Composed primarily of schools from Texas….at various times the conference included schools from Oklahoma and Arkansas as well….but for most of its history….the core members of the SWC were Texas-based schools including Rice University, Southern Methodist University, Baylor University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, The University of Houston and the University of Texas.
Back in the decades of the 1950’s and 1960’s….as a young boy with a transistor radio out under the spacious skies of West Texas….during a time before the growth and proliferation of television in every home….Bone Daddy would listen to legendary Southwest Conference radio announcer Kern Tipps bring the SWC game of the week every Saturday evening during football season. Bone Daddy always said that Kern Tipps could call a game over radio and make you feel like you were sitting live in the bleacher section watching the contest…..so, each and every on of these vintage SWC game videos here at ImaSportsphile….bring back awesome memories of wonderful times gone by….just like the old Southwest Conference.
After a long period of stability….Arkansas left in 1991 to join the Southeastern Conference….then five years later….one of the very best college football conferences ever to grace the gridiron…..precipitously broke up as Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech combined with the members of the former Big Eight Conference to form a new powerhouse college football conference…. the Big 12 Conference….while Rice, SMU, TCU, and Houston found homes in less prominent conferences (although TCU later joined the Big 12).