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Report: Nebraska expected to join Big Ten

Posted on: June 9, 2010 12:09 am
Edited on: June 9, 2010 10:02 am

An executive at a Big 12 school told the Omaha World-Herald that he expects Nebraska to become a member of the Big Ten as early as Friday, the paper reported late Tuesday night. If true, it's a development that could trigger Texas and five other Big 12 schools to move to the Pac-10, at which point the Big 12 would cease to exist.

"I think before too long -- I don't know exactly what the time frame is -- we'll be able to put this to bed," Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said Tuesday night on the Husker Sports Network, according to the World-Herald. "There's a lot of information we really don't have right now. Hopefully we'll get these put together in the next few days."

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman is expected to discuss realignment with the Board of Regents Friday.
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Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2010 1:24 pm

SEC Dominance


I disagree with everything you say except that dominance is cyclical, but I don't agree SEC dominance is over or anywhere near over. I don't know specifically what your numbers indicate, but in the BCS era, the SEC is absolutely dominant with a 6-0 record in title games and a 13-5 record in BCS games since the BCS started in 1998. No other conference even comes close to the number or percentage of wins in BCS bowls that the SEC has. Will this change eventually, absolutely. Will it change next year or soon? No! Why? Look at the recruiting classes of the top SEC schools. They continue to dominate recruiting. What about USC you might ask? They had the #1 2010 recruiting class. USC has two problems. The first and biggest is Lane Kiffin because he's a supreme d-bag and has never been successful at any level as a head coach so I can't understand why anyone thinks he will start at USC.  The second issue is the pending probation / sanctions about to hit USC that will slow them down for the next few years. 

Your other premise that home BCS games don't count and should be taken away from the home team and given to the away team is ludicrous. The fact is that all BCS games are played in warm weather stadiums. That means the Big10 will never play a home BCS game. That's never going to change. But that silly argument aside, the only game of the three you mentioned that was remotely close was the LSU vs. Oklahoma game. You could say that the home field gave LSU the edge although the way Oklahoma fans travel I would bet that the short trip to New Orleans was not an issue and that the Sooner fans were at that game in very large numbers. However, what you cannot say is that Ohio State lost because of home field advantage. Ohio State was absolutely dominated in every aspect of the game by the faster, much more physical atheletes of Florida and LSU. If those games were played at Ohio State it wouldn't have changed that fact. The Florida score was 41-14 and the two scores were a kick return and a very late garbage touchdown when FL was running out the clock. Ohio State looked like a high school team against Florida. The LSU game was closer with only 10 points separatting them from OSU, but LSU was still clearly the better team and I have no doubt would have won at Ohio State.

BCS away games come with the territory for cold weather teams in the Big10. They are used to it. Before the BCS the Big10 only played in the Rose Bowl which was ALWAYS an away game and very far way (across the country). So please let's not make silly "homefield" excuses for teams that are dominated like OSU was by Florida and LSU.

LSUdabest1 wrote:

SEC dominance?  Over the last four years...agreed...but over the long haul...if you take away there 3 NC home games (LSU x 2 in New Orleans and UF in Miami) you see a slightly different picture emerges:

  • SEC -- (17)  (14...take away the three home games)
  • Big 12 – (16) (add two away loses...18)
  • Big Ten -- (13) (add one away  loss...14)
  • ACC -- (9)
  • Pac-10 -- (4)
  • Big East -- (3)

Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2010 10:02 am

Report: Nebraska expected to join Big Ten

   Well, with all the reports that are out it certainly appears that the Big 12 is done. As a KU fan I am saddened. Sure I'm concerned about the Jayhawks future. Will it be the Mountain West? No disrespect to that conference, it may be our salvation, but it's hard for me to get excited or even imagine a KU-Wyoming matchup, or Utah, or BYU, or New Mexico. I am sure I will get used to it though. I grew up watching Big 8 sports and wasn't crazy about expanding to 12 either. I for one will miss the history and traditional opponents that we knew so well. It is a little mind boggling to grasp what is really happening. Nebraska is the key to the whole mess. They know it and seem to be prepared to go through with a divorce that no one else really wants. That is disappointing, I thought they had more love for the rivalries too. That is not a jab at NU or its fans, its an observation. I wish them well and will miss them all the while wanting them to stay. Texas seems to be paying you the utmost compliment by making their decision based on what you do. But since things aren't always as they seem, it could be teir way of making NU the scapegoat. Why does the Big 12 dissolve because NU leaves? Fact is it doesn't. The departure of Texas and the others will kill the Big 12. I have come to enjoy the the competition with the 'horns in recent years and have great respect for them as well, also resulting in a desire for them to stay. Which leads to the rest of the defectors. Why are you following and not leading, none of these actions seem to represent the spirit that you have displayed during competion within the Big 12. I hope I never see another college athlete pull out his jersey so everyone can see the school name! I wish everyone well and hope you all enjoy the new found riches. I will miss the Jayhawks trips to Lincoln, Norman, Austin and the others, with the hope of pulling off an upset, which was usually the hope in football. I would like to think you all will miss your journeys to Allen Fieldhouse. Apparently it's true that familiarity breeds contempt. I have to admit that when this happens, the respect you have all earned during the years will move to disrespect and I for one will see you as untrustworthy. I am in the minority here it is obvious by what has been discussed. Sorry everyone, but I guess I will learn to love the MWC. I've spent way too long a time firmly entrenched against the Big 10 and Pac 10 and supporting the teams within my own conference. I am a BIG 12 fan!

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2010 12:39 am

Report: Nebraska expected to join Big Ten

You're right. It was a big deal when Nebraska and Oklahoma played on Thanksgiving weekend every year. And the Big 12 ruined that. The Big 12 ruined most of the tradition that revolved around Nebraska and its former Big 8 opponents. Nebraska and Oklahoma should play every year. They never will for sure now.

Nebraska really hasn't had a real rival. Oklahoma was for awhile, but for the most part it was a respectful one because Oklahoma's rivals are Texas and in-state Oklahoma State. I think OU would rather lose to Nebraska than lose to Texas or Okie State.

Colorado decided to make Nebraska a rival in the mid 1980s, but Nebraska didn't really regard CU as a primary rival. They did have some epic battles and Colorado had some very good teams for a stretch.

That leaves Kansas. Nebraska has played the Jayhawks every year for 110-odd years. It's been mostly tilted NU's way, but Kansas more than makes up for it when they kill Nebraska in basketball 2-3 times a year. That old string will be hard to say good-bye to. Husker fans love to migrate to Lawrence for a road game.

Anyway, maybe it's time to move on. I can see an annual Nebraska/Iowa clash as being a big deal. Nebraska fans as a whole will defintely appreciate the traditions of the Big 10 and its schools. And NU has some interesting history and tradition to bring to the Big 10 table.

I think Nebraska will be able to hold its own against Big 10 teams and I think Big 10 schools will like the new challenge of lining up against Nebraska. It will be good for all of the schools. Playing in a great league like the Big 10 will help Nebraska become a better team.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2010 7:56 pm

Report: Nebraska expected to join Big Ten

As a Wisconsin and huge Big Ten fan it would be awesome to add Nebraska.

If the Big Ten adds Nebraska, Missouri, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Kansas I would be extremely happy.
Screw The Irish!

Nebraska will probably help a lot for football. The rest of the schools have had their moments in football and do not suck.
Adding Kansas, Missouri, Pittburgh, and Syracuse to an already strong basketball conference is scary.

I hope this happens. Nothing against the Big Twelve it is or was a great conference.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2010 7:27 pm

Good for Nebraska

You have to take care of yourself first. I truly hope that the OU and Nebraska can work out the occasional out of conference series. That REALLY seems weird to say. I will miss having you in the same conference but I feel both Nebraska and OU will be better off in the long run. Good luck Huskers!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2010 6:41 pm

Report: Nebraska expected to join Big Ten

Well, Nebraska & Oklahoma would have the option if they wanted to renew the rivalry as an annual out-of-conference game similar to USC/Notre Dame. But that will depend on whether they want to schedule a tough out of conference opponent or go with a cupcake instead.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2010 6:40 pm

Report: Nebraska expected to join Big Ten

Reports here are that Missouri has been lied to and once Nebraska leaves, the Big 10 is done with expansion.  I believe the phrase was "played like a fiddle"

This would leave Missouri with KU, Kstate and Iowa State in college sports obscurity

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2010 6:18 pm

Report: Nebraska expected to join Big Ten

I don't see many people posting about the ill effects this will have on Kansas City.

Kansas City gets a lot of revenue off of Big 12 Championship games, I doubt the Big 10 fans will want to travel to KC for b-ball tournaments and obviously the MU/KU football game that is being held at Arrowhead every year won't happen anymore. Those are big money events for the city.

For this reason alone, I am really going to hate to see the Big 12 go.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2010 5:44 pm

Report: Nebraska expected to join Big Ten

God this guy's fake tan irritates me. I won't even read this article.

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2010 5:21 pm

Report: Nebraska expected to join Big Ten

Nebraska is worse than Penn St. so another win or two to add to their conference season in basketball is always a plus. I love this!  Yes, Penn State is bad at basketball.  This is not news to me or anyone really, but what a stupid thing to say.  You beat Penn State twice last year, by 1 point and then by 10.  But what a short memory as you are only 1 year removed from getting swept by them, including a laughable 38-33 loss in Champaign!!  You may beat us more often than not in basketball, but you've managed a 3-14 record against us in football, and you won't fare any better against Nebraska in that areana.

Point being: Nebraska and Penn State will beat you much more often in football than you beat us in basketball.

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