Wednesday, June 9, 2010

NEBRASKA TO THE BIG TEN? TRUE OR NOT, IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE

Nebraska to the Big Ten?

According to multiple reports, the Cornhuskers will announce on Friday — or maybe even sooner — that they will be leaving the Big 12 Conference to become the 12th member of the Big Ten.

Of course, the Big Ten Conference big whigs have insisted that they are not talking to any schools about expansion at the current time and have not extended any invitations for admission. But the fact is, Nebraska isn't going to leave the Big 12 unless they know where they're heading — definitively.

All indications are that the Cornhuskers are pretty certain that the Big Ten is their destination, whether they have been officially invited or not.

Now, when it comes to academics and athletics as a whole, I'll leave that judgement for those in the Big Ten office. But when it comes to football, Nebraska is a major catch.

The Cornhuskers have a winning tradition (five national titles), a rabid fan base and top flight facilities (Memorial Stadium, 81,000-plus capacity). And even more importantly, they are a perfect choice geographically — a midwestern school, but in uncharted territory.

Can you imagine the border war between the Huskers and Iowa? Or the pageantry of a Nebraska-Ohio State or a Nebraska-Michigan game? Talk about historic powers at battle, you just can't get much bigger than that trio. Sorry SEC!

We won't know for sure whether the talk of the Huskers entering the Big Ten is true until we actually hear official word from the university and the conference. But one thing is an absolute fact ...

The marriage between Nebraska and the Big Ten makes perfect sense.

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