It’s official: Nebraska the 12th member of the Big Ten

  • 06/11/2010 7:04 pm in

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11: Eshaunte Jones #1 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers passes the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies in the first half during the quarterfinals of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 11, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)In a move motivated solely by college football and money (and also the potential for a Nebraska-Penn State basketball rivalry), the Big Ten officially announced the addition of Cornhuskers to the conference earlier today.

Here’s the press release from the Big Ten, which probably needs to get the wheels moving on a search for a new name:

Park Ridge, Ill.– The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) announced unanimous approval today for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to join the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2011, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2011-12 academic year. UNL will also seek admission into the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which can occur on or before July 1, 2011.

The addition of the University of Nebraska marks the Big Ten’s first expansion since Penn State University joined the conference in June of 1990 and will increase Big Ten membership to 12 institutions for the first time in conference annals. Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany will join University of Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Director of Athletics Tom Osborne on campus in Lincoln, Neb., for press conference at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, June 11.

“By unanimous vote, the Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to the Big Ten Conference,” said COP/C Chair and Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon. “We believe Nebraska is an extraordinary fit, reflecting the criteria we established at the beginning of the process – high academic quality, competitiveness, cultural compatibility and fiscal responsibility. The extensive and in-depth discussions my colleagues and I have had about Big Ten expansion permitted us to act expeditiously and prudently on the application submitted by Nebraska. We look forward to working with our colleagues at UNL in the years ahead.”

“We are pleased that the Presidents/Chancellors of the Big Ten universities agree that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a proper partner from both an academics standpoint and athletics perspective,” Perlman said. “This makes sense for the future of our University. We are honored to be included in the Big Ten.”

“The Big Ten Conference has much to offer,” Osborne said. “This is a tribute to our athletic program, our academic programs and our fans. This is the right move at the right time. This is a rare opportunity that may not have been an option for us in the future.”

In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten Conference, it must submit a written application, which must then be approved by at least 70 percent of the Big Ten COP/C. The University of Nebraska Board of Regents formally submitted an application to join the Big Ten Conference Friday afternoon. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference call and approved Nebraska’s application.

“While Big Ten expansion is exciting and important both academically and athletically, what we are really excited about is building solid, long-lasting relationships with the University, its administrators and staff, its fans and the people of Nebraska,” Delany said. “We look forward to reaching out to these groups in the months and years ahead.”

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  • Was waiting for someone to catch that. Winner.

  • Lucasgarcia20

    I love the picture of a former IU recruit. (Ft. Wayne, North Side Eshaunte Jones). Sampson recruited him hard and he played in the game of traveling recruits with Mike White and the Plumlee twins played in it. I remember him telling me if it wasn't for the coaching instability he would of went to IU. I know he had very questionable grades surprise surprise. Oh Sampson.

  • Was waiting for someone to catch that. Winner.

  • Kelin Blab

    In my eyes and mike davis, Eshaunte will always be a hoosier!

  • Hardwood83

    I think adding NU is good for the Big 10. The Husker football program is a lot like IU basketball…well before Sampson anyway. Best of all their b-ball program is bad- they are one of only 3 BCS conference teams that has never won an NCAA game (So Florida & Northwestern). I hope the Big 10 is done expanding and that all members refuse to schedule the Fighting Amish so they fade (farther) into obscurity.

  • marcusgresham

    Thank God they didn't join the Big 10 last year. Ndamukong Suh might have killed Ben Chappell.

    Love the “Fighting Amish” line, agree with the hope that they get the “Amish shun” from all member schools, and furthermore, if I am elected governor, my first act will be to grant possession of St. Joseph's County to Michigan so we don't even have to claim them as a member of our state.

  • im still trying to wrap my head around this so let me go thought by thought

    1. Is expansion going to stop at 12 go to 14 or 16? Im not sure but if I had to bet I would say 14 but what do I know right now
    2. Since we now have 12 teams looks like when the dust settles the Big Ten will split into 2 divisions so how will this be done and more importantly to IU fans will we be in the same division as Purdue

    I know it may not be the biggest deal to the conference but I would hate to be split from PU cause then A. we wouldnt be guranteed a Bucket game every year and B. we wouldnt be guranteed to play PU twice in basketball. I know we arent guranteed that home and away in basketball right now but it would be nice to keep the rivalry up as the conference becomes split

    So Alex Or anyone who has any idea thought or what not about this please share how you think the division split will come

  • GFDave

    Well, I've talked about this before so I'll be brief as to not be too boorish. 16 teams. 2 divisions with 2 pods per division. Personally I think 14 team is sloppy from the competitive side.

  • JerryCT

    marcusg – usually you are good enought to be governor but not this time.

    You would rob us of John Wooden's 12 coaching years at SB Central……..the final team playing hickory in the movie Hoosiers,………… the best PG perhaps to play at UCLA ( take a guess ) , ………………Don Schlundt who led us to an NCAA championship, Tom Abernathy and John Lazkowski ……………..and Studebakers ……..Packard …….Hummer….Knute Rockne……..Gerry Faust……( can you find the item that does not belong ? )…..

  • WhatdoIknow

    OK, now that we have started this show, we need to finish it! Stopping at 12 makes no sense! Why, because now that the ball is rolling, the PAC10, SEC, and ACC are going to jump in to. One or more will go to 16, which will again put us behind and choosing from their left overs. NOT smart. So since the BIG 10 is SOOOO academic (read supposed to have brains), then read the tea leaves and act now, not 12 – 18 months from now……

    Now for all of those bashing ND, stop being jilted, bitter lovers! And please don't call me a ND apologist. I am not, I am a realist. They have had the upper hand for a long time, in this world of cutthroat sports, you DON'T give up the upper hand without a $Good$ reason. So either the BIG10 has to sweeten the pot, or put ND in a position where it makes sense to join. Which is another reason to not stop at 12, invite Pitt and Syracuse and the BIG East goes down, which means ND then has to act. Of course that is assuming they are not total idiots. Having said all of that, I am not sure I would want ND in the BIG 10, having two other state schools competing with IU for state talent will make it harder for us. One thing I have not seen is any mention of Kentucky. Why does it make since for Kentucky to be in the SEC? Seems like a good fit for the BIG 10, at least geographically and for the rivalry between us and them.

    Another thing that irritates me, is the “academic” requirement. This is SPORTS, does it really matter if a school is in the club of “63”? If it does, then how about letting in some of the “lesser” schools, but make it a requirement that they bring their school up to meet the “standards” of the other schools. Give them a five year window to do so, then at the end of the five years, start penalizing them 5% of all BIG10 revenue each year until they hit the standard. Make it accumaltive, so that the first year of the pentelty they loose 1 mil, 2 the next, 3 the next, and so on. Believe me, once they get a taste of the big money, they will be motivated to meet the standards…..

  • Outoftheloop

    NO to KY! Add Rutgers and Maryland right now. Then give Notre Dame an ultimatum and a time limit, like 72 hours. Then forget ND. If they say “yes” then add Kansas and we are finished. If ND says “no” then seek Texas and Texas A&M. If that does not work out look at Baylor, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Kansas for the final two schools. No to Iowa State, no to Kansas State, no to Syracuse, no to all forms of Oklahoma. I like the Univ of Miami, FL, but no one else can think outside of the “BOX”. Academics are very important. Don't compromise on that criteria.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    “Tell him what he's won, Alex.”

  • FWHoosier

    ND is not among the 63 members of the AAU. So if you say that academics are very important then ND should be out of the picutre (along with KY). Out of the prestigious AAU members, the following schools seem to make the most since for B10 membership (I assume the Ivy League is out as well as the west coast/south):

    Iowa State
    Syracuse
    Kansas
    Maryland
    Mizzou
    Pittsburgh
    Rutgers
    Virginia

    I generally agree with the Rutgers and Maryland offers. But, I have no interest in the Texas schools and I don't think they have any interest in the B10. I think Mizzou and Kansas rounds out the conference nicely, at least from a geographic standpoint. It would keep IU and PU together in the East division.

  • Outoftheloop

    AAU membership is a good indicator of good academics, but NOT the only measure, as I pointed out before: “Alex you need better fact checkers: the University of Miami, FL, is tied for the #50 ranking for “Best National Universities” in the most recent , 2010 edition, of US News and World Reports; that is AHEAD of all Big-10 schools except #12 Northwestern, #27 Mich, #39 IL, #39 WI, and # 47 PN St; Miami's Faculty rank is #35; selectivity rank is #41; their financial resources rank is #26; just for comparison purposes IU's rank is #71! You are probably confused because Miami is a PRIVATE University, like Northwestern, Duke, Vanderbilt, etc and can not be a member of the association of universities frequently mentioned as the standard for academic strength, which is for public universities only. OH St #53, Purdue #61, MN #61, IU #71, MI St #71, and Iowa #71 all rank BEHIND Miami academically!” But I was wrong about the private school aspect. There are many private universities in the AAU. In the list of the top 50 “Best National Universities”, besides Univ. of Miami, FL, the Universities NOT members of the AAU are: #20 Notre Dame, #23 Georgetown University, #28 Tufts University, #28 Wake Forest University, #35 Lehigh University, and #35 University of Rochester. The University of Kentucky is ranked #128, while Baylor is ranked #80.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Trust me, ND is academically solid. Most of us at Purdue–excepting the engineers–would prefer that our diplomas said “Notre Dame” instead of “Purdue.” They would be the highest-ranked university (academically speaking) in the Big10 behind Northwestern.

  • HoosierNshaker

    Let's be real people…and say that the Big10 has stopped their 2010 expansion at Nebraska.
    (Don't worry the super-conferences will happen eventually)

    Here's where things really get interesting, the Big10 would have to split into 2 divisions, due to geographic rivalries in both football and basketball it makes the most sense to divide the conference into East and West.

    In the West: (great football culture, natural rivalries, and shaky basketball)
    Nebraska
    Iowa
    Minnesota
    Wisconsin
    Illinois
    Northwestern

    In the East: (storied football matchups, and an elite basketball division in collegiate sports)
    Michigan
    Michigan St.
    Purdue
    Indiana
    Ohio State
    Penn State

    Any opinions?