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June 9, 2010

I really can’t tell you, but this might be a better jolt than morning coffee.

An executive at a Big 12 school relayed to The World-Herald on Tuesday that he expects Nebraska to become a member of the Big Ten as early as Friday.

NU Chancellor Harvey Perlman has declined all interviews about conference realignment and expansion. He is expected to address the topic with the Board of Regents at its Friday meeting in Lincoln.

Direct confirmation from Nebraska of a conference change for the Huskers wasn’t immediately available. Sources at two other Big 12 schools told The World-Herald that their athletic directors have instructed them to be ready by week’s end for a briefing on probable Big 12 changes.

Nebraska A.D. Tom Osborne offered implicit confirmation Tuesday night that the timetable on national conference realignment has been accelerated.

On his monthly appearance on the Husker Sports Network, Osborne said:

“I think before too long — I don’t know exactly what that time frame is — we’ll be able to put this to bed,” then he jokingly added, “because I’m getting tired of it.”

That really doesn’t prove much, but everyone is getting more skittish by the day. There is definitely a sense that Nebraska is not going to bend to the Texas/Big 12 ultimatum.

I have the feeling that we are toast as far as the Big 11+ is concerned.
Nebraska//Missouri//Rutgers//Syracuse and……..Kansas get added to make the Big 16.
RU//Syracuse for the Noo Yawk Market….Nebraska//Mizzu and yes, Kansas lock up the entire Midwest and Pitt is left looking for games with East Carolina, Memphis and UCF.
I have been on a platform shouting ACC, ACC and I
really hope that Pitt is awake and proactive in seeking a way to get out of this mess.

Comment by Isnore 06.09.10 @ 7:09 am

Somebody wake me up when all of this crap is over. I’m bored of the conjecture, posturing and subterfuge. All of these schools and conferences have floated enough trial balloons to choke all of the air space in the continental US.

Let’s lace them up and get ready to beat some Utah ass…

Comment by ECH 06.09.10 @ 8:02 am

We need a fantasy game to make this more compelling, Fantasy Conferences. Winner to receive?

My vote: a ticket to an Ivy league fb game this coming year. At least it’ll mean something.

Comment by Steve 06.09.10 @ 9:07 am

don’t think politicians in Kansas would allow KU to leave w/out taking K-State w/ them. my preference:

1. invite to Big Something
2. invite to expanded ACC

absolute worst case scenario is pitt left w/ remains of blown up BE, playing the likes of East Carolina and Memphis

Comment by wilk 06.09.10 @ 10:31 am

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