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Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten

Posted on: June 11, 2010 3:53 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 6:47 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. -- It was the worst beating Texas has taken in public in at least seven years.

That 65-13 loss to Oklahoma in 2003 was only a football game. Nebraska officials spent the better part of 40 minutes Friday putting Bevo in his place.

Nebraska didn't just leave the Big 12 for the Big Ten on Friday, it told the world why: That bully Texas. In the space of eight days, Nebraska transformed from happy member of the Big 12 to angry, rancorous new member of the Big Ten.

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman and AD Tom Osborne both took turns hammering Texas during a comment period before the board of regents. When they got done, there was only one possible result. The regents' vote was unanimous. Nebraska is headed to the Big Ten. Unspoken: Because Texas forced it out.

The moment the news broke last week about the Pac-10's desire to take Texas and five Big 12 partners, Nebraska turned sour. Perlman, at one point, stared across a table during the Big 12 meetings at his Texas counterpart Bill Powers and asked him if he was willing to give up his media rights. In other words, start a Big 12 Network. Powers said no. At that point, Perlman knew it was over.

This league had a chance to survive seven years ago but a possible network was voted down, obviously not supported by Texas. Now, it's clear the Pac-10 is going to get Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

Super conferences, start your engines.

The money quote from Osborne: "One school leaving a conference does not break up a conference. Two schools leaving a conference does not break up a conference. Six schools leaving a conference, breaks up a conference. We have not had a hidden agenda, we have not dealt with more than one conference."

T.O. intimated that Texas has been talking to the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-10.

It was a bad day for Texas' reputation. It was a good day for Nebraska's future.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:59 pm

Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten

not really a win win when you lose your power over the conference and the money will actually be split fairly so that will make the conference much more competitive.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:57 pm

Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten

So what you're saying is that Nebraska has too much pride to put themselves in the same situation to rebuild as Texas did when the conference started?  You really aren't helping your argument here.  Shatel might very well be an idiot, but the article he wrote was right on the money.  It would definitely suck if Nebraska got the bid, because it would mean that Texas had to lose to either Nebraska or to multiple south teams and either way you look at it...that's bad.  I obviously don't expect that to be the case and neither do most national columnists or they wouldn't be ranking Texas above Nebraska in the preseason polls.  Your team was carried by Suh last year and now that's he is gone, i just can't see anyone able to dominate two blockers the way that he did.  I don't care that Nebraska left honestly, I just don't like that they try and deflect all the blame from themselves and say poor us.  Either way I am glad the big 12 is going out with a bang and not just limping off into the sunset.  Here's to a helluva 2011 season!

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:55 pm

Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten


NFL talent apparently doesn't win MNCs or bowl games then.

Here is the Big 10's bowl record for the indicated years:

 2003 : 3-5
 2004 : 3-3
 2005 : 3-4
 2006 : 2-5
 2007 : 3-5
 2008 : 1-6



Bitter? Why? When is the last time a Big 10 team won the national championship? Heck, idiot, Texas may end up JOINING the Big 10. But at least we'd still be able to recruit Texas. But then we'd be able to recruit all the talent the rust belt still does have away to greener pastures.

This is a win-win for Texas no matter how you slice it. What's there to be bitter about?

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:54 pm

Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten

Love this move! I live outside of Chicago and looking forward to traveling to Purdue, IU, Illinois, Northwestern, Ann Arbor and East Lansing- all less than 3 and a half hours. Now we'll have the Huskers on local tv-my fall schedule is looking up!! From the inception of the Big 12, Texas has called the shots. They've had dibs on academic standards, scholarships, and scheduling. Texas has built a powerhouse, hats off to Mac Brown and the Texas heirarchy. NU is heading in the right direction. Dr Tom, despite his past faults, seems to have his sports programs moving forward.  

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:51 pm

Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten

Wow!!!  All of these people coming to the aid of Texas, as if Texas were some poor, lonely, broken soul who just lost their puppy.  Of course, most of you clowns know very little, if anything at all about Texas, Nebraska, and the history of the the Big 12.  You are uneducated about all of the battles about where the conference championship should take place, about the entrance qualifications to even be accepted into school, about how Texas wants to have their own tv network, and not join in with the other eleven schools to form the Big 12 network.  Fact is, Texas wants/wanted to play by their own rules.  Plain and simple.  I'm proud to say that nebraska was the first school to stand up to them and throw it right back in their face. 

On to the big 10, where my beloved huskers are 15-3 against big 10 foes in their last 18 games. 

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:48 pm

Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten

Wow...  just hours after the vote to move to the Big 10 and already Nebraska is getting more respect from the media!
It's starting to appear that Texas' big mistake was assuming that Nebraska did not have a legitimate shot at the Big 10.  They called Nebraska's bluff, by demanding a deadline and then threatening to go to the Pac 10 if they didn't listen, but Nebraska had the hand to back it up.  Perlman and Osborne proved to be formidable negotiators.  Well played.  

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:46 pm

Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten

Well, I know one thing. We get to settle this at least one more time. In Lincoln, in Memorial Stadium. And, the way last year's game ended up, I hope the Huskers extract revenge on Texas in the form of a lashing. Now, to reason, I just hope they win. First would be great, though. 

Now, to all of you saying Osborne had it out for this and blah blah blah. You're right. Initial vote was 11-1. Not because Osborne was afraid to play Texas. He had played for 3 straight national championships and Texas hadn't won one since 1970, which was shared with Nebraska. As far as the SWX ruling the Big football, Since 1971, It's Big 8-9, SWC-1. So, tradition was in the Big 8. And I'm not sure why you think the Big 8 was going to die. Having won national championships in the biggest revenue sport(football) in 1990, 1994, and 1995 doesn't exactly kill a conference. Nevertheless, the Big 12 was formed. Texas came in and upset Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game in year 1. 1997, Nebraska won the national title. And if I am correct, Texas only has one since the inception of the Big 12 in football, too. Now, Texas has been consistently better, no doubt. In any case, this conference started with Texas wanting to revive their programs and Nebraska not wanting to share their successes. Now, with the years suffered after McBride retired until Pelini showed up the first time, and now again for the second time, Nebraska needds to revive. Why stay in a conference set on letting Texas have what they want in the Big 12 instead of joining a conference that allows them to share in the cable network? Texas, outside of Men's Swimming, wasn't winning titles in the early 90s like they do now. They are competitive in more sports than any other university, or so it would seem.

As for as Tom Shatel's articles go, he's truly an idiot. He didn't want Pelini here the first time because Callahan was a more sturdy option for the the long-term goals of the Huskers. Obviously, he was wrong about that. I'm not saying 'screw the Big 12' or anyhting like that, but, when a member like Nebraska that has the longest sell-out streak in football as well as 5 national championships in the sport doesn't want to join in the first place, what makes you think they want to sit around and stay in that conference forever?

Lastly, as far as the CWS is concerned, the closest D1 NCAA Baseball team to 'hosting' every year is Creighton. No, there is no official host, except the City of Omaha. But UNL has as much to do with where the CWS is played as Oklahoma, LSU, and USC. They get input. They get votes. And they voted to keep it in Omaha. Just because the Huskers are leaving the youngest BCS conference doesn't mean the NCAA is going to take away Omaha's event. A few years back when Minneapolis tried to grab the CWS, baseball people were very unreceptive. I doubt now that the Huskers might not be in the Big 12 people are going to suddenly change their minds. Sorry.

Wouldn't it suck for all the Texas fans if Nebraska got the BCS berth from the Big 12 this year? I would love that most of all...

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:43 pm

Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten

Wonder how many years the College World Series will remain in Nebraska? At least 25, per an agreement signed a couple years ago.

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:43 pm

Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten

Charlie stooopppppp,

You are inferring what you WANT to be true. This was a business decision by Nebbie, pure and simple. It is a no-brainer and you are trying to make it about something else.


Once again as I have said Texas can thank Texas for this mess not Dr. Tom Osborne. Just because you want something to be true doesn’t make it so. Your thoughts aren’t even logical. The board of regents and the President would have had final say, and they’d have been idiots to stay with the status quo, and all eyes on Texas.



Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2010 5:43 pm

Nebraska trounces Texas, moves to Big Ten

It's not Nebraska blaming Texas....every fan of a Big XII school not named UT is blaming Texas.   If the Big XII were truly a partnership and not Texas first, Texas only, Texas always in the eyes of Texas, there would still be a Big XII.

Well said!

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