If you want to see a relic of sports history, dust off a copy of College Football USA '96. In its final season, the old Southwest Conference appeared for the first and only time in a video game. The next year, four members split to form the Big XII. This game is one of the last places you can still see the SWC logo.
The reason is loosely related to this week's news—dropped like a bombshell, but still laying there like a dud—that the NCAA would no longer license EA Sports' college football video game. The two had been partners since 1998, but it wasn't then, and it still isn't, the NCAA's seal of approval that has put all of these schools, stadia, bowls and fight songs in a video game for nearly two decades.