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Sources confirm Nebraska headed to Big Ten


5:12 p.m. Update

The Lawrence Journal-World has confirmed reports that Nebraska University is headed to the Big Ten.

"It's a done deal," a source said Wednesday.

Reports of Nebraska's most recent intentions first surfaced early Wednesday morning and continued to grow throughout the day. Multiple reports have indicated that NU will make a formal announcement Friday.

The loss of the Cornhuskers leaves the future of the Big 12 up in the air but at least one person from Kansas University said Wednesday that he didn't believe Nebraska bolting spelled the end for the Big 12.

"Our league's not dead (if we lose Nebraska)," KU men's basketball coach Bill Self said. "It would be nice if we could keep Nebraska but our league will fight hard. Of course we probably need to do some things and be very aggressive in doing them but it's not dead."

3:06 p.m. Update

Chip Brown, of the Rivals.com site OrangeBloods.com, is now reporting that Nebraska has agreed to leave the Big 12 and join the Big Ten. According to Brown, a formal announcement is expected Friday.

Brown, you'll recall, was the guy who started all of the Pac-10 mess with his report a week ago that said the Pac-10 was prepared to invite six Big 12 schools to join them out west.

Someone close to the situation has said that Brown has the best source in the entire country.

For more, check out Brown's latest entry.

Original Post

With rumors and speculation flying around at what seems to be the speed of light, we thought there needed to be a place on KUsports.com to accumulate some of this information regarding the future of conferences in college athletics.

As we know, the hottest rumors out there involve Nebraska and Missouri's interest in the Big Ten and the Pac-10's longing for six other Big 12 schools.

Deadlines have been set, meetings are ongoing and it seems like everyone out there has an opinion on what's going to happen.

As the push toward conference realignment moves on, we'll be updating this blog periodically throughout the day with various pieces of news - links, tidbits, analysis - pertaining to the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10 and whatever other conference might work its way into the mix. Without further ado, here's today's first entry.

2:30 p.m. Update

It seems the pleading with Nebraska and Missouri to stay has trickled into the political realm. At least, that's what The Omaha World-Herald is reporting. In his latest story, Joseph Morton reported that Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts recently approached Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson in a hallway just off the Senate floor.

"Don't be the domino that blows college football up into four major conferences and gets rid of the NCAA," a World-Herald reporter heard the Kansas senator tell Nelson. "It isn't going to do anybody any good when those dominoes start falling."

All this while the Nebraska Board of Regents had a 1:15 p.m. conference call scheduled for today and with the Friday deadline for declaring their intentions rapidly approaching.

Earlier in the day, The World-Herald reported that a source close to the university indicated that the Huskers were leaning toward bolting for the Big Ten.

In other, less ground-breaking news, an Associated Press report on ESPN.com indicates that the Colorado men's basketball and football programs will lose scholarships because of their APR scores.

Call me crazy, but that might not be the best time for something like that to surface if you're a Colorado fan. This news might make Pac-10 officials think twice about taking Colorado, thus opening the door for a school like Kansas.

Like I said, call me crazy.

More to come.


happyrock 8 years ago

I want to throw up. All of the wonderful heritage of the KU sports program comes crashing down. Win or lose we love our Hawks and will continue to do so, but the pain will be there forever.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years ago

Wow. That's sad news. Well, that confirms it: it's ALL about money. Tradition means nothing. History is yesterday. What will make us money TODAY is what matters, it seems.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

I am not a Lew fan either, but I don't think he makes 4 mill (i thought it was closer to 1?) and it wasn't his decision for Nebraska to bail out.

more_cowbell 8 years ago

haha... Pat Roberts pleading with Ben Nelson to not let it happen...

Tough cookies, Congress (and KU). You lie in the BCS bed, you get, uh, used (to put it euphemistically) by the big BCS boys.

@edjayhawk and whats_going_on: you really think that it'll stop now? I predict that Nebraska bolting means the "Texas four" bolting (and which also probably means Missouri also leaves for the Big... uh... 13).

As for Kansas? Better hope for a pity invite from the MWC, or it looks like C-USA all the way! But look on the bright side; we might actually beat Memphis, Tulsa, Southern Miss, and UTEP every year... hey wait, aren't we already scheduling them in non-conference? :-p

The Big 8 always made more sense than the Big 12. The Big 12 is getting what's been coming to it for more than a decade (and the Big East... another "newbie" football-based conference... is about to get the same thing).

gccs14r 8 years ago

Congress is looking at the tax-exempt status of what is quickly turning into an obviously for-profit sports venture. Greed will be the undoing of big-money college sports. This won't be a bad thing.

anon1958 8 years ago

edjayhawk (anonymous) says…

Nebraska is expendable.

You really do not have a firm grasp on this situation. It doesnt matter which domino goes first, but clearly it will be NU. Jayhawk nation is screwed, and double-screwed until it ditches KSU.

The Jayhawks have one important card and thats basketball, that one card is not enough to float the KU and KSU boat. If its any consolation, people with MU should probably be getting nervous about their fate if they have not yet received an invite into the new Big 12 going on 16.

Kuku_Kansas 8 years ago

So long Big XII...

From ESPN.com: With Nebraska apparently headed to the Big Ten, the Pac-10 is poised to become the Pac-16.

Colorado already has received an invitation to join the conference, while five other invitations will be extended to Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

A Big 12 football coach, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach on Wednesday night that if Nebraska left the Big 12 the conference would dissolve, according to his athletics director and university president. The coach said Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado would join the Pac-10, leaving Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Iowa State behind.

OzD 8 years ago

If the goal is TV sets, what does including OK State in a PAC 16 deliver that OU doesn't deliver on their own? Why is OSU being floated as a potential PAC member, and not KU? I get the KU/K-State issue, but that isn't the PAC 10's deal to worry about at the moment, only KU's/Regents' IF an invite (or rumor of an invite) comes from the PAC 10 office.

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