Hard feelings between Nebraska and Texas. That Conference Championship game was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Nebraska has always been against revenue sharing. That was NOT the issue.
The issue was that Texas was the most powerful team in the Big XII. So Nebraska was in a tiff. The Big Ten saw a chance to add a pretty decent football program while bolstering the Western Division (which was weak) of the Big Ten. At the same time they can deliver a kidney punch to the Big XII which might destroy them and increase the power of the Big Ten in the future.
I think it was wise of Nebraska to join the Big Ten. Nebraska's value though to the Big Ten in terms of TV sets and their "national appeal" is a bit overstated. The Callahan Era took a toll on the national following of the Huskers. The hard core fans are still there. The bandwagon fans have long left. Just like the Miami Hurricane fans, Washington Husky fans, Colorado fans, Michigan fans, etc., etc. The Huskers were really, really good for a long time, so they had a lot of bandwagon fans. Now those many bandwagon fans are few.
You're right - revenue sharing isn't the issue with Nebraska. It's just what makes them look absolutely hypocritical in laying all the blame of the destruction of the conference at Texas' feet as well as claiming that suddenly all of the other North teams are disloyal to the cause. For 14 years Nebraska didn't give two ****s about loyalty to the North teams and were part of a voting alliance with Texas to keep the larger revenues amongst themselves. What really torqued off Nebraska was the 11-1 vote to keep the football championship in the JerryDome for the indefinite future in exchange for keeping the basketball tournament in Kansas City. Not only are greater revenues generated with having that game in Dallas, but the North generally having the better basketball schools got what they really wanted. Well, except for Nebraska. They finally got a taste of what it's been like for the rest of the North schools over the last decade+, and they didn't like it. They could have shown "loyalty" just once with the rest of the North schools and voted for a more fair revenue sharing program. Yeah, we're only talking about a few more million per year, but that's huge when some of the "haves" are making twice as much in conference revenues as Iowa State is.
And no, I don't just blame Nebraska, and I don't just blame Texas. While Texas' greed certainly is one of the things that destroyed this conference and Nebraska certainly is hypocritical for expecting loyalty from schools they haven't shown loyalty for nearly a decade and a half, the rest of the Big 8 schools are to blame as well for enabling such behaviors by giving the "haves" far too much power in the first place. For example, everyone should have seen the writing on the wall when the conference headquarters were moved from Kansas City to Dallas...
Chuck Lidell: I paint my toenails with pink and black polish. Problem is, I get more paint on my toes and on the carpet than on my nails. Any advice? Maria Sharapova: Don't you beat up other guys for a living? I don't know how to answer this.
nobody else cares what you've got, so talk to the hand.
Originally Posted by tm3308
The number one question about the case and the victim's (and her mother's) complaints is why didn't she report it to the police? Just because UI administration allegedly advised her to take care of things informally doesn't mean she had to. I know if I were a girl and were a rape victim, the first people I report it to would not be the university.
And again, this topic has NOTHING to do with Nebraska and the Big Ten. But the fact that it was dragged up unnecessarily shows what kind of tool that at least one of the fans here are.
I saw a fantastic cartoon drawing last week. It had a tiny herbie husker running away from a Mt. Rushmore-type mountain of Texas and Oklahoma. The shadow completely engulfed herbie. As he is running away he is muttering "Good thing the grass is ALWAYS greener..." Way off in the distance, in the direction herbie is running, is a four-headed mountain with Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin.
So here is a question...NU had to apply to the Big Ten (I realize there were discussions behind the scene, which would ensure a favorable outcome)...can any school apply to the Big Ten? What is to keep other schools from just applying?
As far as I can tell anyone can apply. There's still the small matter of haveing the eight votes to be accepted though.
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