Thursday, June 10, 2010

News - Big 12 Deadline Approaching

The hurricane of rumours continues to swirl around the University of Nebraska and the future of the Big 12 conference. UNL’s Board of Regents will meet tomorrow to turn those rumours into fact. It sounds to me like the meeting tomorrow is just a formality. No one in the media is even discussing the possibility of Nebraska remaining in the Big 12.

The whole thing is happening very fast. This is a result of the Big 12 conference leadership placing an ultimatum on both Nebraska and Missouri to declare their intentions by no later than Friday. Otherwise this would all probably take several more months to play out. The Big 12 may end up wishing they had given Nebraska a little more time to think things over. The end result would probably be the same, if Nebraska decides to stay in the Big 12 it will come as a great surprise to the entire country at this point.

Nebraska was expected to be the first domino that would topple the entire Big 12 conference, but it appears that it is Colorado who got in the first shot. One source claims that CU has already declared its intentions to join the Pac 10 conference. I have to admire them for not sitting around to let others decide their fate. Before all is said and done, the Pac 10 is expected to pick up fully half of the Big 12 conference, including Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. The fate of the fourth major Texas school, Baylor, is uncertain.

Also uncertain are the fates of the remaining Big 12 schools, Kansas, Kansas State, and Iowa State. Kansas University officials have made a desperate plea to Nebraska and Missouri not to leave the conference. With a majority of the Big 12 schools joining up with other major conferences, Kansas, Kansas State, and Iowa State will probably be left to join a lesser conference such as the Mountain West. Personally, I will hate to see this break-up happen. Nebraska and Kansas have played football games against each other every year since 1919. Decades of history and tradition will be lost forever.

I have to admit, it sounds like a move to the Big 10 is in the best interests of the University of Nebraska. It’s just sad to see the Big 12, and the old Big 8 come to such a violent end.

The eyes of the nation will be glued squarely on Nebraska tomorrow, as the Board of Regents makes its decision.

Psalms 37:4-7 Delight yourself in the Lordd and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

1 comment:

  1. As I was reading (yes I do read up on this) It sure sounds like this all boils down to money. It's as if the Pac ten, as they call themselves, is holding the cards and hoping to topple the house of Big 12.

    I always thought, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! But I guess football is really a monopoly of sorts and Nebraska has its hands tied with a deadline put in place by the Big Ten commission. grrr....

    I don't like it, but change is inevitable in our world eh?