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Big 12 baseball: Big 12 donates $200,000 to tornado relief

by Ryan Aber and John Helsley and Anthony Slater Published: May 22, 2013

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.


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.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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