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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 CBSSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:07 pm
 

Death threats in the Big 12

I have to say that, as a alumni of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Im just embarassed by our behaviour.  Who cares how many threats Beebe has received?  Isn't one threat too many?  Why is it suddenly that my school, which used to be known as the school where visitors came and were treated well, where opposing fans and teams received handshakes after games (wins or loses) is suddenly known for coaching tirades, conspiracy theories, excuses after loses and death threats?  Come on Nebraska, you're better than that.  Want to get back at Texas and the Big XII?  Lets just leave, join the Big 10 and do well.  Lets have great games with great fans in Ames & Madison.  We are better than these complaints and threats.



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:07 pm
 

Death threats in the Big 12

Mizzou_82 I am glad you have shown who you truly are: A bitter Missouri fan that is upset that the tigers didn't get the invite to the Big Ten, a bitter Missouri fan that is jealous of one of the greatest college football programs of all time (yes NU has 5 national championships, sorry if your feelings are hurt), and a bitter Missouri fan who either can't spell, or doesnt know the meaning of words. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you meant "throw" not "through", I am just curious how NU has thrown it "in their conference mates faces"? Sounds a little bit like a little more bitterness coming from a bitter Missouri fan. Have fun in the Texas conference!



Since: Sep 19, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:07 pm
 

Death threats in the Big 12

MUCH BETTER CONFERENCE? Nebraska is going to get their ass kicked every weekend and their psycho coach and psycho brother are going to be given one chance before the big ten tells them to shut their hole and go back to the cornfield, so cry all you want but TEXAS schools still will kick Nebraskas  butt!




Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:04 pm
 

Death threats in the Big 12

Message to Halo1 -- don't start by taking shots at Baylor and Kansas.  Because the Big 10 is full of doormats as well -- last I looked (and you obviously have not), Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue were equally as putrid as the dorks from Lawrence.  So don't think you are moving on to better quality football.

The fact that Nebraska is leaving comes down to one thing (besides $, of course) -- the Cornholers hated the fact that they would never, ever again be able to find sucees in our conference as long as Texas was around.  And the poor, PARANOID huskers decided to take their ball and leave.  Good luck trying to be the kingpin in the Big 10.  That will never happen, so quit dreaming.



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:57 pm
 

Death threats in the Big 12

Please, research before you type, Nebraska will not initially be making anymore money in the Big 10 and if Beebe is correct on the figures he projects for the future of the big 12 then Nebraska will never make more money than they would in the big 12.  Nebraska chose to leave simply because CU and MU were shopping other markets, the conference was unstable, reporters got Tom Osborne to admit they would listen if someone called, and the Big 10 saw an opportunity to add a great team and provide Nebraska with some stability.



Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:48 pm
 

Death threats in the Big 12

we will..... ps.   enjoy all thos extra bonus points the bcs will give you when you beat baylor and kansas.....until the conference disbands....



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:44 pm
 

Death threats in the Big 12

You know I get sick and tired of reading your worthless crap Dodd.  Never have you ever made any sense in any of your articles.  Honestly, I'd be shocked if you had any type of high school or college education.  It goes to show you that anyone who wants to be a "writer" or "reporter" or "journalist" can do so just by coming up with complete garbage all the time.  If you knew anything about sports, and trust me after reading your crap this college football season I'd be shocked if you did, Nebraska has certainly recieved the harsh going away treatment.  Is there a conspiracy against Nebraska?  No.  The reason is conspiracies are based on more opinion than fact.  In this case all the officiating, game tapes, and calls have gone against Nebraska so there is no conspiracy it is just a fact that Dan Bebee and the Big 12 want to send Nebraska out looking bad considering Nebraska is leaving them for a MUCH better conference.  The big 12 will be garbage without Nebraska and at least then you will have something in common with them. 



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:42 pm
 

Death threats in the Big 12

ONE MORE THING DODD

Don't take this the wrong way, as I do not dislike you, wish anything to happen to you, or even want to see you unemployed, in fact you amuse me and I would be sad if I did not have the opportunity to read your thoughts everyday, But I do want to point out that you made a huge error in your reporting, you said
" 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"

Dennis this is an unfair analysis as you may be the one Man Husker fans dislike more that Dan Beebe, for years the Big Red Faithful have pegged you as Anti Nebraska, or a Husker Hater and anything you say about the Big Red may cause them to act irrational.

But on behalf of the Husker Nation I do apologize to you and Dan Beebe for the select few of our fan base who do not know how to act in public.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:41 pm
 

Death threats in the Big 12

Beebe had nothing to fear.  Nebraska fans are the biggest blowhards in college football.  Let the Big Ten have their paranoid delusional fanbase.  We'll see what they're made of when they can no longer through "5 National Championships" in their conference mates faces.



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:34 pm
 

Death threats in the Big 12

All you CornHolers out there are so paranoid, it's pathetic.  Throw some dirt on the "mighty" big red, and all your farmers and truck drivers start screaming like a bunch of whiney freaking cry babies.  Quite frankly, I don't care if there were death threats.  The fact is, everyone in the Big XII HATES the Nebraska Cornholers and we can't wait for you to take your HOOSIER coach and get the heck out of the conference. 


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