The last time LeBron James missed the NBA Finals, Big 12 football looked much different.
James hasn’t missed the Finals since the 2009-10 season. But his streak is in danger with the Cleveland Cavaliers facing the Boston Celtics in a series-deciding Game 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday.
So, what did the Big 12 world look like eight years ago when James was eliminated in a non-NBA Finals series?
Let’s take a look:
Big 12 Conference
- Nebraska and Colorado hadn’t officially left the Big 12.
- Missouri and Texas A&M were two years away from leaving the conference.
- The Big 12 was coming off back-to-back BCS National Championship Game appearances (Oklahoma 2008, Texas 2009).
- AT&T Stadium, also known as “Jerry World,” was a year old.
- Fox Sports 1 was still three years away from its launch on Aug. 17, 2013.
- EA Sports’ next cover athlete for its “NCAA Football” video-game series was Tim Tebow.
- These were the most-recent Big 12 football standings:
- Baylor had never beaten Oklahoma as of 2010. The Bears went on to win three of the next five seasons.
- Baylor was still playing at the 50,000-seat Floyd Casey Stadium.
- Baylor hadn’t been to a bowl game since 1994. Then-coach Art Briles led the Bears, however, to a Texas Bowl appearance on Dec. 29, 2010.
- Kansas had at least a .500 record four of the previous five seasons.
- Mark Mangino was the Jayhawks head coach.
- David Beaty left an assistant job at Kansas to become Rice’s offensive coordinator.
Kansas State football
- Bill Snyder was one year into his second stint as the Wildcats’ head coach.
- Collin Klein was heading into his redshirt sophomore season.
Iowa State football
- Tom Herman was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Iowa State.
- Matt Campbell was an assistant coach at Toledo.
- Jack Trice Stadium only seated 55,000.
- Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was still Arizona’s head coach.
- Sam Bradford was taken with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
- Baker Mayfield had just finished his freshman year at Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) High School.
- Oklahoma’s backfield included Landry Jones, DeMarco Murray, Roy Finch, Mossis Madu and Brennan Clay.
- Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium looked like this:
Oklahoma State football
- Dana Holgorsen was heading into his first and only season as Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator.
- Oklahoma State had Brandon Weeden, Kendall Hunter, Joseph Randle, Josh Cooper and Justin Blackmon.
- Texas was 101-16 in its last nine seasons. The Longhorns won at least 10 games in all of those seasons.
- The Longhorn Network was two years away from its launch.
- TCU was months away from its 13-0 season in the Mountain West Conference and a 21-19 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
- Gary Patterson was the reigning Coach of the Year (AP, AFCA, Bobby Dodd, Eddie Robinson, Liberty Mutual, Sporting News, Walter Camp).
- Andy Dalton had one season as TCU’s quarterback.
Texas Tech football
- Mike Leach was unemployed.
- Kliff Kingsbury was three years removed from his professional playing career.
- Lincoln Riley was coming off his final season as the Red Raiders’ inside wide receivers coach and headed to East Carolina.
West Virginia football
- Bill Stewart was the Mountaineers’ head coach.
- Geno Smith was months from becoming West Virginia’s starter.