Topeka Kansas’ elected leaders on Tuesday mounted a political blitz, urging Nebraska and Missouri to stay home in the Big 12.
Gov. Mark Parkinson said he had “productive conversations” with Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.
“While no final decisions have been made, I remain hopeful that our neighbors will recognize the significance of our continued cooperation and opportunities for success through alliance,” Parkinson said.
Reports indicate that Nebraska and Missouri are contemplating joining the Big Ten. And the Pac-10 is considering luring new members, most notably Big 12 giants Texas, Texas A&M;, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and even Colorado.That would put Kansas University, Kansas State University and Iowa State Univesity out of any major conference.
Parkinson said maintaining the Big 12 is “of great importance to KU and K-State, and I will do all that I can as governor to help in this effort.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, both Kansas Republicans, issued a joint statement urging Nebraska to remain in the Big 12. The Nebraska Board of Regents meets Friday, and reports indicate regents members may be discussing a move.
“Students, fans, and alumni on both sides of the Kansas-Nebraska state line take great pride in competing against Big 12 Conference members within a three and a half hour drive from the home field, close enough for family, friends, and fellow students to be able to attend the game,” the statement from Brownback and Roberts said.