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Death threats in the Big 12

Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:03 pm

This will probably get me a couple of death threats, but Dan Beebe was right in not going to Lincoln, Neb. on Friday.

In a story that may have been buried because of the big football weekend, the Big 12 commissioner said that he feared for his safety and that of other conference employees had they traveled to Nebraska to present the Big 12 North Division trophy. The commissioner is traditionally on hand, but not always, to present a trophy for division titles.

"I've been involved in major institutions and had some major feedback," said Beebe, a former NCAA enforcement officer, "Obviously, I've suspended players and coaches, fined coaches but I've never had the volume and degree of vile nasty messages. It's not just me, it's several on our staff. It's the most disgusting things that people would ever say to anybody."

Beebe estimated that 2,000 messages made it to the Big 12 office in the week leading up to Nebraska's 45-17 win Friday over Colorado. He was so concerned about some of the threats that Beebe said he didn't think it was proper to send even Ed Stewart, a former Nebraska player, who works in the Big 12 office.

"It's really pretty shameful," Beebe told in an interview over the weekend. "My wife and my family weren't too thrilled with me going up there. I reviewed it with folks that I've dealt with in security before. They said, 'Hey, this is not something you want to mess with until we figure it out more.' I didn't want to do anything to take away from the great accomplishment of the Nebraska players. It's not their fault."

Beebe was in Stillwater, Okla. Saturday night for the South Division showdown between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

The commissioner said some of the negative messages, which he termed "disparaging", were directed to his daughter's Facebook page. She is a college student.

I hope Nebraska doesn't have to be told, again, this is beyond reprehensible. The negative reaction from Nebraska toward the Big 12 seemed to intensify after linebacker Eric Martin was suspended following a helmet-to-helmet hit on an Oklahoma State player in late October. Beebe stressed that he believes the messages came from only a fraction of Husker Nation. There now seems to be a lunatic fringe out there who actually believe that the Big 12 has conspired against Nebraska in its last year in the conference before going to the Big Ten. When I linked to a Beebe story on Friday and posted on my Twitter account saying that it, "made my stomach turn," some of the reactions surprised me.

At that point, I began to understand what Beebe was feeling.

We can only hope this is a very small group of delusional radicals. Beebe balanced the tradition of handing out a piece of hardware against the possibility of being harmed by one of these crackpots. I know what I'd do. He said some Nebraskans have called to apologize for the crazoids but that they're "about a one-to-200 proportion."

Nebraska fans, some of the best in the country, are now earning a dark and sinister rep, fair or not. This is two weeks in a row they have made Big 12, and national, news. A lot of us criticized Bo Pelini after his outbursts in the Texas A&M. Pelini was sincere, apologized and moved on. He didn't let the episodes ruin a sterling coaching career.

But what has happened last week indicates a chronic problem. Let's hope that Nebraska doesn't leave the Big 12 with some sort of stain. You can already foresee an awkward moment next Saturday if Nebraska wins the final Big 12 trophy. Imagine Beebe presenting the trophy to Pelini with boos cascading down from the Cowboys Stadium stands.

"I don't have any reservations about giving them the trophy," Beebe told me. "If their kids win it, they deserve it. By that time we'll sort out if there are any kind of maniacs that we have to be aware of."

Nebraska doesn’t deserve this. It is going to a conference that is noble and full of class. To this point, its program has been noble and full of class.

Beebe was asked if all this has altered his opinion of Nebraska.

"I haven't had anything but great experiences with Nebraska fans and people of Nebraska," he said. "I also know this represents a very, very small portion of a fan base that's classy."

Let's hope that while it takes those Big Ten millions in the future, Nebraska also contributes to its new conference's tradition, in the right way.

Those who don't agree with me know how to reach me. And that scares me.

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Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:25 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

you are one of those people that believe all the stories you read about politics and business apparently.  You should realize that this is a big 12 commisoner trying his damnest to have Nebraska leave in some amount of disrepute.  Did they recieve some idiot fan email..yeah..everyone has a few nuts in a fan base of a million or more.....but the reason he didn't go to present the trophy..and the reason the officals in the a&m game always erred on the side of the team remaining in the big 12 should be obvious to anyone that can think in a rational manner.....the dummy down of America is evident in your thought processes

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:24 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Three things are laughable here- one, that fans would ever give a death threat over a football game; two, that Bebe would be fearful of sending a former Husker as a Big12 rep - that's truly a joke; and three, that Dodd would think this was worthy of writing about.   Love or Hate the Huskers (and more people are hating now), 99 percent of their fans are true class.

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:20 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Two things Dodd,
#1 i dont think Nebraska fans will want you dead, they need you to pick against Nebraska this week, it appears whenever you think Nebraska will Lose they have a big day.

#2 I think the death threats probably came from a small fraction of Husker Fans, by small I mean less than 10.  Ask Beebee how many death threats he got after the 2008 regular season when Oklahoma was given the big 12 south championship over Texas.

Beleive what you want (and I know you will) but I would gaurantee that these things are not all that unusual, and if Beebee was terrified, why not send an unknown representative to hand over the trophy, or hand it to the team via sattelite?  C'mon the man didn't even call the team in the locker room to congratulate them.  There definetely is some animosity from the Big 12 and while I dont beleive they sat back and planned any demise to Nebraska, do I think when an opportunity rose to snub them that they would take that opportunity? SURE

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:05 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

All of you people are ridiculous, I can't even believe this is a story! Feared for his life, give me a break. With all the security at football games where even terrorists can't even do anything and you fear some crazed fan is going to do something? Even if this was the case, it's 2010! They could have at least played a taped presentation or live webcam or something. This is a total cop-out!

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:03 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Sorry, Dodd, but you must be quite naive.

Listen, obviously what those people did was not justified at all, but does anyone honestly think that guys like Mike Slive don't get twice this amount of hate mail/threats per week every week?  The difference is that guys like Slive are not intimitated by these crackpots and have the guts to not run away from them.  Beebe, on the other hand, lets people like that get to him and then decides to not send anybody, robbing the Nebraska players a nice moment.  The Big XII championship is so ruined now with all of this, Beebe probably shouldn't even bother giving Neb the north trophy, for I highly doubt anyone wants it anymore

The Big XII isn't a conference, its thunderdome. 

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:02 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Re- read the story, dumbass. He did go and present the trophy. He must have been really scared. I bet he had on his big boy panties.

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:01 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Is this column for real?  Dodd and Beebe are both very small men.

What a joke.  Anyone who thinks Big 12 officials would be in danger in Lincoln, NE should have their head examined.

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:00 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

I just got 10 death threats from Nebraska fans....

I'm actually just messing with you guys, I don't know what to make of the story nor do I care, I've never had anything but good to say about Nebraska fans, but that doesn't mean I can't have a little bit of fun with it :)

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:56 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Yeah, you are right, the whole death threats fiasco is just a smoke screen to hide the real truth that Beebe just hates Nebraska.  Why should we listen to you anyways, for all we know you could be a raging psychopath!!!  :)

Do I believe he received a few e-mails?  Sure.  Read the rest of my post.  Do I believe he feared for his life?  No, I believe that's a bunch of BS.  He wanted no part of being in Lincoln, and handing a trophy to Pelini, period.  And he got his excuse from the wacko e-mails he got. It not only was a great excuse for him, but it turned the tables and made Nebraska fans look like the bad guys.

For me, it's pretty simple.  READ THE POSTS FROM ALL FANS OUT HERE!!  How many posts, from ALL fans out here, are mean spirited?  Does that therefore mean that all fans are mean, and that it's a "chronic problem" as the brilliant Mr. Dodd suggests?


Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:48 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Do you think Beebe wanted ANYTHING to do with handing a trophy to Pelini?  Do you think Beebe might have just the tiniest bit of a reason to not like Nebraska, after we didn't cave to his pressure this summer, and instead bolted to the Big 10?

Yeah, you are right, the whole death threats fiasco is just a smoke screen to hide the real truth that Beebe just hates Nebraska.  Why should we listen to you anyways, for all we know you could be a raging psychopath!!!  :)

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