We might see some NCAA conference shuffling before the week is out; one report cites “[a]n executive at a Big 12 school” claiming that Nebraska could join the Big Ten Conference by the end of the week.
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. –Omaha World-Herald.
Apparently, they’re not the only ones. The Big Ten told everyone to wait 12 to 18 months before the conference announced any real plans regarding expansion. That earlier timetable, combined with this report makes this all the fishier.
If Nebraska joins the Big Ten, they’ll become the western-most school in the conference. The Lincoln campus is a five-hour drive to the nearest Big Ten school, Iowa. Lincoln is not a Top 100 TV market; this report has the area ranked 105th. And even though Nebraska is a Tier 1 national university, their score in the US News and World Report rankings would make them the worst-ranked school in the conference academically. There’s nothing attractive about Nebraska as a Big Ten candidate, and don’t even get me started on the corn-fed coeds.
But who cares about all of that; everyone’s worked up about whether or not the Big Ten, either with eleven teams or twelve, will rename itself. My old friend J.D. suggested the “Great Big Conference.” I personally am a fan of the “Big-Assed Conference.” Probably because it has the word “ass” in it. I’m so mature.