With all the reshuffling of teams in college sports, for instance Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten, I was wondering if there was a past NCAA conference that has ever dissolved? Because I see this possibly happening to the Big East with all the changes.
The Big 8 and the Southwest Conference. A combination of teams from both ended up in the Big 12.
This has happened fairly often, actually; Sports-Reference.com lists twenty-one defunct conferences versus thirty-three active conferences. I don't know much about the specific histories of the conferences, unfortunately.
The most recent dissolved conference is the Great West Conference, dissolved after the 2013 season.