"I've facetiously said that at the start of this process, if we had given fifth-graders the criteria, the list of institutions would be essentially the list of institutions that have been bandied about for quite a while by [the media] with much more sophisticated analysis of the sense of fit," Dr. Simon said. "But as I look at your analysis, academics hasn't been much of the conversation. That's an important component of this."
He's right that Nebraska isn't up to Big 10 academic standards. But he's a disgruntled Pittsburgher more than anything else. And Pitt had no chance in the Big 10 because Penn State already delivers that entire state. Exact same dynamic that blocked out Iowa State.
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