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Finally, some closure in expansion. Maybe.

Posted on: June 9, 2010 7:45 am
 

Well, this is it.

Finally, some break in the ice pack that has frozen college athletics since the Big Ten maybe, kind of began exploring expansion in December. The Omaha World-Herald is reporting that Nebraska could go to the Big Ten by Friday.

Say goodbye to the Big 12.

Say hello to a bigger, bloated Pac-10.

Get used to two super conferences (Big Ten, Pac-10) -- at least.

Wish Nebraska luck in a strange, new world. The school was really forced into this move by Texas. Once Texas issued its "ultimatum" (or whatever you want to call it), Nebraska's fate was sealed. It could declare allegiance to the Big 12, but why? If the Big Ten offered, the money was too good. If Nebraska had to go back to the Big 12, the rancor was too much.

Imagine getting another deadline from the Horns in two years. Tom Osborne and Nebraska couldn't live like that. Now the school is the western boundary of the most powerful conference on earth. The bigger Big Ten will encompass more than 35 percent of the nation's population. Get used to Mike Rozier highlights on the Big Ten Network. Nebraska will be more attached to Chicago and New York than it will North Platte.

Is that a good thing? For Nebraska, it is the only thing. Twenty million is twenty million, reportedly poised to grow to $40 million per team if the Big Ten does this expansion right.

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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2010 10:05 am
 

Finally, some closure in expansion. Maybe.

Maybe, because if Notre Dame decides to join in the next day or two, then everything will change.  



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:57 am
 

Finally, some closure in expansion. Maybe.

What happens if/when the changes are made? Will old schedules for next year's football games be scrapped? Or just minor additions/subtractions.... I realize this is up to the AD's, etc. but wondering what the precedent is.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:44 am
 

Finally, some closure in expansion. Maybe.

Im sorry but why is this one piece of news mean the end of the big 12?? i believe this is what is happening...The big ten tried to play their hand and did not get notre dame or texas, so instead of destroying the whole college football landscape as we know it to add the likes of rutgers and syracuse they simply grabbed nebraska as an (amazing) consolation prize as the 12th team to make the conference have a championship game...in the end thats really all they wanted...nebraska is a great fit for the big ten and similiar to many schools in the conference....having 16 teams is just too ambitious a project for any conference and no one would actually do it unless forced by another conference...the big 12 having only lost one school will get to add another texas school (TCU a strong candidate) which is what they probably want to do anyway.  The mountain west will then add boise state and all will be right with the world.  If only nebraska was selected why would the big tweleve disolve? mizzou is still in and colorado has not been picked up by the pac 10....texas oklahoma and the rest of the big 12 would much rather continue to have there own 12 team league than have the share with usc and the rest of the pac 10...the only way 6 of those teams are joining the pac 10 is if the big ten does actually go out and recruit 5 teams...sort of a conference arms race, and i look at this news as sort of the end of this cold war of college football.....

Pac ten-remains the same ( with plans to some day add two schools as not to be left without a championship game) who knows? maybe utah and byu?

Big 12-the conference remains the same except tcu (or whoever else is selected) replaces Nebraska in the big 12 north

Mountain West-replaces tcu with boise state ( who have been dying to join this league and escape the WAC) but watch out for the PAC 10!

WAC- s*** out of luck, start recruiting a school from Division 1 AA

Big East- Someday now will definitly have Notre Dame as more than a friend with benefits kind of relationship when they need to have 12 teams after the pac 10 adds.  Notre Dame would be the big star of the conference and really thats all they ever wanted.

Big ten- finally has 12 teams i for one i would not be upset at all with getting nebraska instead of notre dame, i believe the second ND offically join a conference (which someday they will join the big east when they decide they want a championship game) they become completely irrelavant anyway..... conference breaking could go maybe like this...

NORTH & SOUTH (east/west not possible osu mich and psu all in east)

North-Penn State,Michigan,Michigan State,Minnasota,Wisconsin,Northwestern

South-Osu,Indiana,Purdue,Iowa,Illinois,NEBRASKA

or since a conference with the name big 10 that has 11 team maybe you could have a conference alignmnet that didnt have geographical sense to it and just made an even alignment of the power teams but i think the north/south looks about right.

So what does everyone think? i could be wrong but i think this the most likely scenerio, no nuclear winter no 16 team conferences spanning huge geographicial and culturual distances

Any thoughts on how the big ten 10 would be aligned if they JUST ADDED NEBRASKA?





Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:25 am
 

Finally, some closure in expansion. Maybe.

MSU

I am a lifelong (40 years+) Huskers fan who lives in Lincoln.

You have to learn how to read Osborne (especially now that you are in a league with the Huskers)

What Osborne said is classic Tom... and what he said was.

Nebraska A.D. Tom Osborne said, “I think before too long — I don't know exactly what that time frame is — we'll be able to put this to bed,'' then he jokingly added, “because I'm getting tired of it.''

Translation: "Done deal.  Goodbye Texas"

It's how he talks.  When Tom saus "we will be able to put this to bed" - that means.. it is a done deal.

He used to say when he was coaching .. when he was asked how he tought his team would do in any particular game.. if he said "I think we will be OK"... that was Tom code for.. bet the ranch because his team is going to win by 42. 

Believe the report.  This is entirely, absolutely done.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:01 am
 

Finally, some closure in expansion. Maybe.

Anything the Nebraska AD would say would be PURE SPECULATION and yet the conclusion is a membership in the Big Ten by Friday?
Who needs facts and straight answers? This is Dennis Dodd we're talking about.



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:50 am
 

Finally, some closure in expansion. Maybe.

Closure? Perhaps. But the conclusions are not that certain.

One Big 12 official expressed his OPINION that Nebraska would be a member of the Big Ten as early as Friday? Be a member? In just days? All contracts, etc., done? Yea. Right.

"Direct confirmation from Nebraska of a conference change for the Huskers wasn't immediately available." Well, that is no surprise.

A week's end briefing on possible Big 12 changes... Possible. Well, no news is still no surprise. The only news is that we will hear some more on Friday.

Nebraska A.D. Tom Osborne said, “I think before too long — I don't know exactly what that time frame is — we'll be able to put this to bed,'' then he jokingly added, “because I'm getting tired of it.''

Putting it to bed is not necessarily a change of conference.

His final words say it all:

“Anything I would say regarding Nebraska's position or other schools in the Big 12 would be pure speculation. And I don't think that's very helpful.''

Anything the Nebraska AD would say would be PURE SPECULATION and yet the conclusion is a membership in the Big Ten by Friday???

Yea.

Nice drama.


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