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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 10, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 3:48 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

I don't agree with what half the voters do during each election and it frustrates me how they can be so wrong!
Husker fans are noted for cheering opposing fans when they leave the field.  If there are 3,000 fans standing and applauding I'll bet there are a few booing.  Nobody has fans that are 100% predictable.  I don't blame Beebe for not going to Lincoln to personally present the Huskers with the trophy they deserved.   The article said the big 12 office got about 2000 emails, some of them with threats.  If there were a few threats those are not typical Husker fans by any means.  I wonder how many of the distasteful emails were mutiples sent by the same persons.  
Many Husker fans diagreed with the Eric Martin suspension.  But they also understood it and would have gotten over their concern about that if Martin had not been targeted by the officials in the TAM game. 
When Beebe tried to refute the obvious groping of Ben Cotton he could not have know that Sherman would embarass him by admitting that the player was sorry for the assault.  I think the Nebraska media would like to know the perpetrators of the "hate" emails.  Those people should not be allowed to hide behind the anonymity of an email address.  By the same logic Beebe should not be allowed to hide behind the flagrantly biased officiating done during the TAM game.  His life and limb should not be at risk but a question about the integrity of the Big 12 conference is a buck that eventually stops at his desk.   Husker fans are being accused of being conspiracy theory focused.  Anyone who thinks Ed Stewart would have been in any danger in Lincoln needs to have their head examined.  A fair conference championship football game is all Husker fans want. 
The end of the Dodd article includes "Those who don't agree with me know how to reach me.  And that scares me."  I assume that is sarcasm.  It is a little baiting in my opinion.  But then again, I don't agree Mr. Dodd.  I am sure that does not scare anyone.  It shouldn't.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 3:47 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

I have seen alot of things in my day but this blog takes the cake.  If there indeed were death threats then those people should be put up on charges.  There is no place for death threats in todays society.  That being said Ill bet the biased Dan Bebee recieved thousands of emails about how his decsions were making a mockery out of the Big 12.  Only suspending a player from Nebraska for a unflagged hit?  No other player in the conference has been suspended this year.  Imagine that!  Nebraska players getting their ba!!s ripped off or their necks twisted recieving penalties?  The idiot Bebee then goes on air and says Ben Cotton stated that nothing happened he was going for the ball?!  I think we know what ball he was going for!  It is incredible stupidity that Bebee thought no one would catch on outside the state of Texas.  Bebee must rememeber that theres another world out there that doesnt go by whatever Texas wants.  Where is your blog about how it is horrific that the Big 12 has done nothing about these things on video stated above.  How does it work like that?  The 32-293yards against Nebr. and 9-109yards  for opponents.  Did you ever write a blog about that.  Its so flipping obvious.  Thats why the Pelini bro's were so angry.  They have had enough of the BS.  We just want a fair shake.  What scares me is you have written nothing about these injustices.  That tells me where CBS is or You are loyal too.  Where is the anger over the roughing the passer against Osborne?  It didnt happen folks!  Why is it that as Nebraska fans we can repeat the "wrongs" and you and your cohearts will not write the obvious truth.  Video doesnt lie about any of these facts.  We are good Nebraska fans and because a few whack jobs sent a bad email you throw the whole lot of fans in on it.  You my friend need a reality check.  Please with your next blog check the facts because the truth will set you free.  Man do you need to be freed!

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 3:21 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Look...a Texas fan running their mouth.  What's in the food in Texas that causes all Texans to have perpetual diarrhea of the mouth?  Were we down for years due to an inept AD & head coach? Sure were.  You guys just went to a National Championship last year, & this year you couldn't even make a toilet bowl appearence.  Now that is funny.

Was the UT program relevant from '86-'98?...funny what a good head coach can do?

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 3:03 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Its just an excuse to not have anything to do with Nebraska having success. He didnt  want it to happen and isnt going to support it. He is spineless. We will be lucky when we beat OU if the trophy even makes it to the field. That is why this conference is where it is now. I hate to see it fall by the wayside, we should be the ones taking teams out of other conferences not getting raided to fill in empty spots in other conferences. To much history and tradition to just throw away in my opinion. Think some strong leadership could have kept this together and made the conference one of the best in the country. Beat OU and lets go take the Big10 title. 

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:01 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Every fan base has morons. Occasionally, some act out of frustration. But I am not sure that Beebe should be calling out Nebraska fans on this. Seems like he is trying to make this bigger than it is to take a final swipe at Nebraska.

A final note to Mr. Beebe: If you don't want your teams to bolt to other conferences, quit working for Texas, and instead, work for all the teams in you conference...

Wissports3:  Best post in this thread, and agree with your last line wholeheartedly. 

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:59 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Best post in this thread, and agree with your last line wholeheartedly.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:37 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Watching this new generation of husker fan over the last several years of message board interaction, this doesn't surprise me at all.  The "worlds classiest fans" stopped being that years ago. 

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:14 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Any threats made via email, facebook, telephone, twiiter, etc are all documentatble and traceable.   Where are names and charges against these individuals?

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:45 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

I hope that you take the time to read the comments that are being submitted to you, as I truly hope you read this one and please feel free to email me back, because I would love to hear a reply.  I am horrified to read this blog as a Husker fan.  Most Husker fans are embarrassed to hear that there are a few people out there that would go to the lengths to reach any Big 12 official and make such threats.  We are a proud group of people that encourage the honor and tradition of our state and wear the badge of 'best fans in college football' with pride.  This article represents less than 1% of our fan base.  Those calls and emails do not represent the fan base of Nebraska and for you mock us in such a demeaning manner should be embarrassing for you.  Shame on you!

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:40 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Cornhuskerfox, very funny post about the TEXAS mafia.  The truth is you really want to get out from under the U of Texas whippings.  The huskers have a pretty poor record over the years playing in the weak Big 12 North.  Now run on over to the Big 10.  Ohio State, Wisconsin, and the rest are waiting to take the place of Sooners, Longhorns as the teams you just can't beat.  Ten years from now Nebraska will be little more than a volleyball/gymnastics/cross-country

school.  They will disappear with Northwestern and Minnesota as BCS wannabees.  They were a fine team in the Big 8 but that is as far behind them as their football dominance.

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