This week marks the 10th anniversary of Tiger Woods’ playoff victory at the 2008 U.S. Open. It remains his most recent victory in a major.
So much has changed since that spectacle at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif. So how did the Big 12 football landscape look when Tiger last gave us that iconic fist-pump on the 18th green in his classic Sunday red shirt?
A look at how drastic the differences are:
Big 12 overview
- The conference was in a two-division format.
- Texas and Oklahoma were consistently in the national title hunt.
- Nebraska, Texas A&M, Colorado and Missouri were member schools.
- TCU and West Virginia were four years away from admission to the Big 12.
- Dan Beebe was Big 12 commissioner.
- AT&T Stadium, home of the reintroduced Big 12 Championship Game, was under construction in Arlington, Texas.
- The Holiday Bowl in San Diego was a Big 12-affiliated bowl game.
- Art Briles was entering his first season as Baylor’s coach after being hired in November 2007.
- The Bears had not posted a winning record since 1995.
- Baylor had never beaten Oklahoma.
- McLane Stadium was six years away from opening.
- Quarterback Charlie Brewer had just completed third grade.
- Gene Chizik was entering his second seasons as Iowa State’s coach.
- Matt Campbell was 28 and Bowling Green’s offensive line coach.
- The Cyclones, despite struggles, had won seven of last 10 Cy-Hawk matchups.
- Kansas had just completed a one-loss season — in football.
- Mark Mangino was entering his seventh season as Jayhawks coach.
- Kansas was the defending Orange Bowl champion.
- The Jayhawks had recorded five more wins on the previous season than Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide (the official number would become 10, given that Alabama later had to vacate five of its wins from the ’07 season.)
- David Beaty was about to begin his first stint with Kansas as the team’s wide receivers coach.
- Bill Snyder was in retirement and Ron Prince was entering his third season as coach.
- The Wildcats had posted losing records in three of their last four seasons — the team’s worst stretch since Snyder’s arrival in 1989.
- Kansas State had upset a 10-win Texas team in back-to-back seasons and would extend that streak to five before it was snapped in 2013.
- Baker Mayfield had just finished seventh grade.
- Lincoln Riley was a 24-year-old inside receivers coach at Texas Tech.
- Quarterback Sam Bradford was six months away from winning the Heisman Trophy.
- Adrian Peterson was Baker Mayfield’s current age (23) and had completed his first season in the NFL the previous fall.
- The Oklahoma -Nebraska series was alive and well.
- Oklahoma had never lost to Baylor.
- Mike Gundy was in his final two months of being a 40-year-old man.
- The west end zone expansion project at Boone Pickens Stadium was in the process of being completed.
- Oklahoma State had never won a Big 12 title.
- Justice Hill was 10 years old.
- Dez Bryant was a receiver at Oklahoma State and would win Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year honors that season.
- TCU was in the Mountain West Conference.
- The Horned Frogs were coming off an 8-5 season in 2007.
- Gary Patterson had yet to lead TCU to an undefeated regular season.
- The Horned Frogs were still 2 ½ years away from winning the Rose Bowl.
- Amon G. Carter Stadium had yet to receive any of its renovations.
- Chris Del Conte was a year away from being hired as the school’s athletic director.
- The Longhorns were one of the top powerhouses in college football and were on the brink of another season that nearly culminated in a national championship.
- Texas had won a least nine games every season dating to 1998.
- Tom Herman was 33 years old and the offensive coordinator at Rice.
- Quarterback Sam Ehlinger was 9 years old.
- The Texas-Texas A&M rivalry, though lopsided, was alive and well.
- Mike Leach, the architect of the air-raid offense, was where he truly belonged in Lubbock, Texas.
- Dana Holgorsen had completed his last season as Red Raiders offensive coordinator and was now in Houston.
- Quarterback Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree were entering what would be their final season at Texas Tech.
- Crabtree’s iconic game-winning touchdown against Texas hadn’t happened.
- Kliff Kingsbury was coming off his final season in the CFL.
- West Virginia was in the Big East Conference.
- The Backyard Brawl series between the Mountaineers and Pitt was thriving.
- West Virginia was recovering from the debacle against Pitt the previous fall that cost the Mountaineers a spot in the BCS national title game.
- Geno Smith had just finished his junior year of high school.
- Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital was 23 and just finished his final season playing as quarterback at Missouri State.
- Bill Stewart was entering his first full season as coach after leading the Mountaineers to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma as interim coach.
- Will Grier was 13 years old.