West Virginia was in the spotlight for its relief efforts in the wake of the devastating Moore tornadoes Monday.
But they weren't the only ones associated with the Big 12 to step forward for displaced victims.
The conference announced a $200,000 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund on Wednesday.
“The Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship is a long standing fixture in Oklahoma City. Additionally, the state of Oklahoma and its wonderful people are integral parts of our league,” commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement.
“Our hearts go out to those affected by this terrible tragedy and this donation is one small way to provide relief to a city that has supported our membership so well over many years.”
Additionally, Kansas, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech and OU players were spotted out donating goods to the victims and all teams will wear a helmet decal to honor Oklahoma this weekend.
There will be a moment of silence observed before Thursday's 9 a.m. opener between OU and Baylor and Mayor Mick Cornett will throw out the first pitch.
SUNDAY OR BUST
The move to pool play, out of respect for the victims of the Moore tornado, could stress the Big 12 Tournament schedule.
The format now calls for four games Thursday, Friday and Saturday, leaving little room for any weather-related delays. And the forecast calls for at least a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the schedule.
With the NCAA Tournament selection show scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday on ESPNU, there is a midnight Sunday deadline for the Big 12 automatic qualifier to be declared. The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday — live on Fox Sports Net.
Big 12 officials are looking into possible alternative sites at area colleges and junior colleges, should the need arise to move some games and get back on schedule.
TWEAKED PITCHING ROTATIONS
The tournament's altered format allows coaches an opportunity to alter their strategies and pitching rotations.
West Virginia, for instance, will throw ace and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Harrison Musgrave on Friday instead of Thursday, no longer worried about the potential of a drop into the loser's bracket.
It gives Musgrave an extra day of rest and a matchup with a TCU team he already beat earlier this season, the only win WVU had in a three-game series against the Horned Frogs.
Across the board, coaches and mix and match pitchers to teams in their pool, now knowing they're scheduled for three games.
For TCU and West Virginia, this year marks their first appearance in the Big 12 Tournament.
TCU has been excellent of late in conference tournaments, winning six titles in the last nine years.
The Horned Frogs have also done it at several different places, winning tournaments at Houston, Southern Miss, UNLV (twice), TCU and San Diego State.
West Virginia hasn't fared as well. The Mountaineers haven't won a conference tournament since 1996 and haven't won their first game in one since 2006.