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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: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:16 am

Death threats in the Big 12

This was Beebe's last shot at Nebraska.  It's unfortunate he found an idiot to write about it.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:11 am

Death threats in the Big 12

You're probably one of the crybabies making those threats, dan.  Good ridance to you whining bugeaters.  Just leave knowing you'd be the 4th best college football program in Texas.

lol a aggie talking haha this is too funny to0 bad we own the series and last time i check your gonna need to combine most of the texas schools to get to how many nat'l titles nebraska won. and were not gonna compare conference championships because that wouldnt be fair if i was you id be happy mike leach is gone for while the red raiders were making you feel like a red head step child.

have fun playing in the title game dec4........oh wait your not it will be OU hmmm that sucks.

Since: Oct 15, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:02 am

Death threats in the Big 12

You're probably one of the crybabies making those threats, dan.  Good ridance to you whining bugeaters.  Just leave knowing you'd be the 4th best college football program in Texas.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:57 am

Death threats in the Big 12

it appears mr dodd, that other people have a opinion about you and your articles.

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:54 am

Death threats in the Big 12

Good God Dodd! you would do anyting to pour salt in the wounds of our 2 loss, lopsided officiated season. Best part is Bo could care less about that North trophy, Is mr Baby gonna be on hand to deliver the Big 12 Championship trophy? the game is in Texas, its safe in Dallas lol.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:48 am

Death threats in the Big 12


Apparently math is better in Nebraska than in the Carolinas.  Let me do it for you since you can't :   2000/1000000 is only 0.2%.  Hell, Obama thinks that 60% is insignificant which is why he still passed his health care bill even though 60% of citizens didn't want it.  Anyway, the last time I checked that is insignificant or a small percentage of the fans.  By the way the 1 million fans is probably small and just an illustration for this math flunkie.  Now before you lose you mind, I do not think that any death threat is defensible.  That is the problem with this country and the internet and facebook etc.  People can anonymously say anything they want whether they mean it or not.  Additionally, I lived in Oklahoma for over 20 years and the hatred that both Oklahoma and Texas fans have for each other goes far beyond what could have occurred here.  I know of people wearing an Oklahoma T-shirt into a restaurant in Texas during the week of that game and got jump by a bunch of Texas fans.  Worse off, the police came and just broke up the fight and refused to take any of the Texas fans into custody, even after there were 4 witnesses.  I say that to conclude that these were normal fans not a commissioner of a major conference who probably has security and would have police escorts as well.  Just admit it was a lame reason for Beebe not to show up to do his duty because he thought he could control every university and lost a big part of it with his arrogant bluffing.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:38 am

Death threats in the Big 12

I am guessing you weren't an English Major at Missouri as the proper spelling in the context you used the word would be their not "there". Sheesh!!  At least most of our "farmer fans" have a decent grasp of basic fifth grade english skills.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:38 am

Death threats in the Big 12

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

Well Mr. Dodd, at this point I can truly see the difference between a blogger who , doesn't need facts to support a position and a true sports journalist who will at least try and ascertain the truth. 

Were any of these "threats" reported to the FBI?  It would be easy enough to track down these crackpots ragardless of where they came from.  Yet you mention nothing like this.  Or did Beebe simply show no class by not sending someone to hand out the trophy?  You don't even bring up that posibility as well. 

Your attitude in the matter goes beyond bias and truly shows what type of smarmy journalism you continue to get away with.  And someone pays you for this? 

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:49 am

Death threats in the Big 12

This is really weak. Facebook harassment from Nebraska? First off, computers haven't made it to Nebraska yet. Second, does anyone on the planet, let alone Nebraska, even know what Dan Beebe looks like? Even Husker fans don't randomly assault people on the street and then ask, "You're Dan Beebe, right?" Woe is the Big 12.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:25 am

Death threats in the Big 12

This all reaks of conspiracy.  What is BB, Plankton, Oliver Stone, Sam Rothstein, Lady Bird Johnson and the conference plotting against the Husker hoops team?  Certainly, there is something unfair and biased coming to the women's volleyball team.       

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