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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: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:33 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Yo Dodd I think you're getting all the facts from Dan Beebe himself. Did he forget to tell you he didn't think that pinching and punching Ben Cotton in the groin was a bad move, that he thinks the player was "going for the ball". If you watch the video close enough to can see he's pinching and when I say close enough you basically need to have one eye on the screen to see it because thats how obvious it is. So Dan beebe is completely full of crap and pissed that because of us leaving his conference doesn't get a conference championship anymore. Sure the death threats were very uncalled for but how many times does anybody famous get death threats. Pretty sure Shawn Watson got them when the offense was shaky last season but he showed up to every game. Dan beebe isn't worth our time but when he starts lying about factual events that clearly have visual evidence supporting them then you got our attention... our very negative attention. And Dodd you're need to get a Lincoln Journal Star and start reading the articles.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:28 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Shew, good thing the President of the United States doesn't stay home everytime he gets a death threat.  It's part of Beebe's job and I guarantee it is not the first time he or a family member have received any kind of a threat.  This is more about making a political statement and attacking the fan base of Nebraska.  What else does he have to attack, so why not attack the fan base.  He is no more threatened going to the Nebraska game than he is traveling to work today.  I suppose he managed to make it to the office now didn't he or did he stay home under lock and key?  This is pathetic and was only an excuse for him not to come to Nebraska, he used this, just like he used Eric Martin for an excuse to attack the program.  If I listened to the threats I get, I would never be able to go to work.  Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic.  This demonstrates even more why Husker Nation needs to migrate to the BIG TEN.  Thank God we get out from under the Texas Mafia.  GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG RED......thanks to the coaches, the fans and the Players, there is no place like HUSKER NATION. 

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:25 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Proof positive Dan Rather yellow journalism remains systematically engrained throughout CBS.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:14 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Dodd clearly hasn't watched a full Nebraska football game this season guys.  As a highlight reel watcher, you catch only big plays, or out of context penalties.  The officiating for the Texas, Iowa State, and Texas A&M games have been lopsided at best, and .  In those 3 games, Nebraska's lone win came in overtime against Iowa State.  Now clearly the Huskers should have executed better (3 sure TD's dropped by NU receivers against Texas), but when penalties are called so frequently and biased on third down to either kill your drive or extend the opponents, you are facing a much steeper hill to climb.  Great teams find a way to win, and we didn't in two of those games, and that's on us.  But if you're going to pretend to be a fair officiating crew, you have to call the game evenly.  You have to call it both ways.
The Penalty statistics for those 3 games:  Nebraska - 32 penalties for 293 yards. Opponents - 9 penalties for 103 yards.  In the 4 Big 12 games called by other refs, Penalties go like this:  Nebraska - 33 penalties for 289 yards.  Opponents - 26 penalties for 218 yards.
On a per game basis, Nebraska averages 10.67 penalties for 97.67 yards when called by the officiating crew mentioned above, and 8.25 penalties for 72.25 yards when called by a different crew.
In comparison, Nebraska's opponents average 3 penalties for 34.33 yards when called by the officiating crew mentioned above, and 6.5 penalties for 54.5 yards when called by a different crew.
The same goes at the commissioners office.
 I understand .  I don't like it, but I do understand it.  I don't think Martin was trying to hurt anyone, I think he was just delivering a huge block.  Was it a hard hit?  Yes.  Hard hits are part of football.  But I do understand that player safety comes first and for some of these things you have to take action.
But if player safety is the concern, then where are the other suspensions for other teams in the Big 12 this season?  They seem to be able to get away with anything, whether it's or as he's at the bottom of a pile.  Both clearly dirty, unsportsmanlike, and dangerous moves by the opponents.  Both were called as penalties on Nebraska.  Heck there was even a on Taylor Martinez in the same game as Martin's hit, but no suspension came from that.
What I can say though is that the alleged death threats Dan Beebe received is that they are a shame, but I doubt it's much out of the ordinary.  Every fanbase has their crazies, and people make ridiculous threats they don't mean all the time.  Even Tom Osborne said he's .  But if you call 'death-threats' and skip the trophy presentation due to 'safety concerns', you are able to paint the entire Nebraska fanbase as raving, murderous lunatics, which isn't even close to the case.  I can almost guarantee he would've got booed, but all that hurts is his ego, and that would have been the extent of it.  It's just another parting shot Dan Beebe can send to Nebraska on our way out the door.  Is our fanbase upset.  ABSOLUTELY!  But its ridiculous to believe that anyone would react so violently about some bad calls in a football game, no matter how deep your passions run.

Since: Sep 10, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:07 pm

NU fans - Stop supporting Dodds and CBS

Husker fans...You all realize that this a  ss wipe's intention is to get people to read his blog...this is why he writes negative articles about Nebraska's fans, coaches and program 3 times a week.

The BEST way we can all get make OUR point to this bald little puke is to stop logging on to CBS Sportsline and by all means, stop reading his spiteful articles.  These types of hacks don't care what they write, as long as somebody reads it.

The best way we can respond is to completely avoid this web site and this loser's hateful swill...if the readership goes away, so will this cheap Dan Beebe shill.

I know this is the last misleading, slanted, biased article I'll allow this clown to make money from me on...

ESPN, sporting news, SI. com...PLENTY of sites to get real information from. 

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:55 am

Death threats in the Big 12

Hey VanillaGodzilla,

Sounds like you have some self esteem issues, LOL. You seriously are in need of a Psych eval, LOL

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:52 am

"The other half were from your 8th grade EDUACTED fan base..."

When using grade-level wisecracks, it is best to run it through a quick spell-check before hitting "submit."

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:45 am

Death threats in the Big 12

Later cornholers. O-2 against against texas teams your last year in the Big 12. Keep thinking of better times when you could still play wife beaters, still recruit texas talent, and you had a coaches that behaved like dignified adults. I am sure half of those threats to Beebe were from the crying Pelinis.  The other half were from your 8th grade eduacted fan base consisting of truckers, carnies, and strip club dj's. You'll do much better in the Big 10. Can't believe they are lowering their academic standards to accept a bunch of whiners that had  some good teams with players from texas high schools 20 years ago.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:26 am

Death threats in the Big 12

This isn't the first time in the history of sports that crazed fanatics have sent death threats to somebody. Cubs fans remember Steve Bartman, right?

It is disgusting and unacceptable. I am a huge fan of the Huskers and I agree that it is sad and pathetic. However, I don't think its fair to try and lump all Husker fans into this category in light of this story. Because the truth of the matter is that by the end of this season, nobody will probably bring this up again. Nothing happened and nothing will happen.

People need to remember that its just a game, and they need to relax. The Big 12 conspiracy theories are just ludicrous. You mean to tell me that an entire organization is in on this? It would only take one person to snitch and Dan Beebe would be jobless for life. I don't think he'd risk all of that for just one season. It also needs to be noted that Nebraska still represents the Big 12 this season and if they get to a BCS bowl part of that revenue goes to the Big 12. Nebraska already owes the Big 12 money for leaving at the end of this season. I think that is more than enough "revenge" for the Big 12.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:20 am

Death threats in the Big 12

Being a Badger fan, I am excited to have Nebraska come to the Big 10.

I just spent three months working in Nebraska. I can honestly say that I have never met a more classy fan base. When I discussed football with them, ( also letting them know I was a Badger fan,) you could tell there was a passion there. However, never once did they say anything bad about any other team, (well, OK, maybe Texas...Tongue out)

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 fianl 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...

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