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All hell is about to break loose. (College football news)

JLRedWing13JLRedWing13 Posts: 48,688 mod
edited June 2010 in Off Topic
All signs are pointing to a Nebraska move to the Big Ten.

A source close to the Nebraska program told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that athletic director Tom Osborne informed some staff members within the past 24 hours the Cornhuskers were going to make the move to the Big Ten conference.

A source with knowledge of the Big Ten's plans confirmed to ESPN.com that Nebraska will join the Big Ten by the end of the week or early next week. The source said the formal process of accepting a candidate either has started or would be under way shortly, as Nebraska must formally apply for admission to the Big Ten.

Big Ten bylaws state any applicant to the league must receive at least eight votes from the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors to gain admission.

Besides Nebraska, no other candidates are imminent for the Big Ten, which could stay put with 12 members, the source said.

A source close to the Nebraska Board of Regents told Orangebloods.com the regents met informally Wednesday and have agreed to move to the Big Ten and that a formal announcement Nebraska is leaving will come Friday -- the deadline set by the Big 12 for Nebraska and Missouri to state whether they intend to leave the conference.

A Big 12 football coach, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach on Wednesday night that if Nebraska left the Big 12 the conference would dissolve, according to his athletics director and university president. The coach said Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado would join the Pac-10, leaving Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Iowa State behind.

"Nebraska is the key," the coach said.

The coach said the Pac-10 favored Colorado over Baylor because of the Buffaloes' presence in the Denver TV market.

Nebraska's executive committee of the board of regents agreed Wednesday to amend the agenda for Friday's meeting to include discussion of realignment.

"We did agree to amend the agenda to add an item regarding conference alignment," said Bob Phares, the committee chairman. "The potential for a resolution of that is we will have a briefing for the board on Friday and that was the substance of the meeting. There was no official action taken."

An executive call does not involve all board members, just the executive committee, which consists of Phares and fellow regents Bob Whitehouse, Howard Hawks and Kent Schroeder.

Phares said the discussion Friday could lead to a vote -- if the board wishes to take action -- after Friday's briefing at the 1 p.m. meeting.

"The board could decide that they choose to do nothing and simply sit on the corner and watch the parade, they could decide that they want to reaffirm their commitment to the Big 12. They could decide they want to pursue affiliation elsewhere."

To amend the meeting's agenda, the executive committee had to make a recommendation to the board by Thursday at 1 p.m., 24 hours before the meeting, which led to Wednesday afternoon's conference call.

"We restructured the agenda so we can move this up the the top," Phares said. "It'll be first out of the chute ... It will be very soon after 1 o'clock."

Phares said he was unsure of the board's attitude toward a move to the Big Ten.

"We're trying to make sure we make a factual decision here, not an emotional one," he said.

Schroeder, a Kearney, Neb., lawyer who has been on the Nebraska Board of Regents since 1998, also said he expects a presentation from university president Harvey Perlman and Osborne at Friday's scheduled board meeting.

"I'm expecting them to tell me the pluses and minuses of remaining in the Big 12 or going to the Big Ten," Schroeder said.

But Schroeder, who served as the board's chairman in 2009, says he has no preference for either conference, because in order to do so, he "has to have data presented in a way that would allow him to establish a preference."

Schroeder told the Journal Star there have been no previous meetings between regents about the topic of conference realignment.

Osborne said in a radio interview Tuesday night that a decision should come soon.

"Hopefully we'll get things put together in the next few days," Osborne told the statewide Husker Sports Network on Tuesday night without indicating Nebraska's preference. "I don't know exactly what the time frame is [that] we'll be able to put this thing to bed. But I'm getting tired of it, you're probably getting tired of it, and the fans are getting tired of it."

Missouri appears to be falling down the list of priorities for the Big Ten.

An athletic director with knowledge of the Big Ten told Orangebloods.com, "Missouri is getting cold shoulder from Big Ten."

The Big Ten announced late last year it is considering adding at least one school, and possibly more, to add a league championship game in football and broaden the reach of its cable television network. Its decision has created a ripple throughout the power conferences, causing the Pac-10 to mull its own expansion and threatening the survival of the Big 12.

A Big 12 source told ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan officials from Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, in a move sensing Nebraska's determination to join the Big Ten, have already met to pledge their solidarity. The first choice is to save the Big 12, but if that's not possible, officials from those schools are prepared to merge with the Pac-10.

The source said the meetings included the chancellors, presidents and athletic directors from the three schools. Not present was a Baylor contingent. Baylor is locked in a battle with Colorado for what is presumed to be the sixth spot along with Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State that would create a 16-team super-conference with the Pac-10 schools.

Texas and Texas A&M are also expected to meet Thursday to discuss their next move. Another Big 12 source said that Nebraska's actions have greatly accelerated talks among officials at Big 12 schools.

The source said that Texas president William Powers and athletic director DeLoss Dodds met with the coaches on Wednesday to update them on the swirling realignment talks.

Texas and the other Big 12 South schools, the source said, continue to work to keep the Big 12 intact.
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  • JLRedWing13JLRedWing13 Posts: 48,688 mod
    With Nebraska apparently headed to the Big Ten, the Pac-10 is poised to become the Pac-16.

    Colorado already has received an invitation to join the conference, while five other invitations will be extended to Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

    A Big 12 football coach, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach on Wednesday night that if Nebraska left the Big 12 the conference would dissolve, according to his athletics director and university president. The coach said Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado would join the Pac-10, leaving Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Iowa State behind.

    The coach said the Pac-10 favored Colorado over Baylor because of the Buffaloes' presence in the Denver TV market.

    Another Big 12 coach said Wednesday night that an anticipated Nebraska announcement of moving toward the Big Ten Thursday would indeed trigger the death of the Big 12 and a mass migration west.

    "If Nebraska leaves," the coach said, "everyone has to look."

    The new conference would be split into divisions with the Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Colorado forming an Eastern Division with Arizona and Arizona State opposite the former Pac-8 (USC, UCLA, Stanford, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State) in the Western Division.

    The coach said it's possible the Pac-16 would push for two automatic bids to the BCS, one for each division champion. That potential bonanza could open the possibility of the two division champs from one league playing for the national title, and it would eliminate the need for a conference championship game.

    "The Pac-10 doesn't believe in a championship game," the coach said. "And coaches in the Big 12 don't like it anyway."

    Events have unfolded very quickly, the Big 12 coach said.

    "Until the last two days, everyone thought the Big 12 was staying intact," he said.

    As quickly as the Big 12 has rushed to the brink of collapse, it could take quite some time for it to become formalized. The coach said the league will have to go on for two more years before splitting up.

    Asked how awkward that would be, the coach joked, "I don't think I'll go to the conference meetings this year [Big 12 football media day in Dallas next month]."

    The only potential hitch is Nebraska and the Big Ten not coming to an agreement. But even in that scenario, which appears unlikely, the Pac-10 will expand to at least 12 teams, said the source familiar with the negotiations. While Colorado is in and Utah is a top alternative candidate, it's also possible that the Pac-10 would make a play for Nebraska or another Big 12 school instead of Utah.

    "If Nebraska gets left at the altar by the Big Ten, which would slight them at the 11th hour, then it might be hard for them to stay in the Big 12," the source said.

    It would take a week to 10 days to finalize the details of a Pac-16. The blockbuster deal would add the nation's No. 5 (Dallas), No. 10 (Houston) and No. 16 (Denver) TV markets to the conference, which already includes No. 2 Los Angeles, No. 6 San Francisco, No. 12 Phoenix and No. 13 Seattle.

    With that large population base, the new conference would start its own network and, along with other broadcast partners, likely would distribute around $20 million per member, comparable broadcast revenue to the Big Ten ($22 million) and SEC ($17 million), the source said.

    The Big 12 distributed $7-12 million per year. The Pac-10 distributed $8-10 million.
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  • AndysbackAndysback Posts: 2,228 just the tip
    definition of tl;dr
  • MarcTheFallenMarcTheFallen Posts: 26,615 master of ceremonies
    Jaycup...Just sum it up plz. Not everyone going to read this whole thing homie.
  • AndysbackAndysback Posts: 2,228 just the tip
    i think All signs are pointing to a Nebraska move to the Big Ten. sums it up actually
  • JLRedWing13JLRedWing13 Posts: 48,688 mod
    Nebraska is joining the Big Ten.

    The Pac-10 will invite Colorado, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M to become the Pac-16.
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  • GazorpazorpfieldGazorpazorpfield Posts: 22,293 master of ceremonies
    Definition of: Glad I watched ESPN and read some ESPN today and didn't need to read it here.

    Did this article mention the SEC though?
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  • MarcTheFallenMarcTheFallen Posts: 26,615 master of ceremonies
    It's all Pac-10 and Big Ten on this one.

    Pac-10 going to get a lot of teams from the Big 12 it is over.
  • drinkwine732drinkwine732 Posts: 20,418 destroyer of motherfuckers
    Well, there goes Cal's Rose Bowl chances for....forever.
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  • JLRedWing13JLRedWing13 Posts: 48,688 mod
    edited June 2010
    Oh, and USC is getting a 2-year postseason ban, plus they will forfeit their 2004 season wins. Suck on that Lane Kiffin.
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  • GazorpazorpfieldGazorpazorpfield Posts: 22,293 master of ceremonies
    Well they were talking about Oklahoma and Texas A&M also talking to the SEC, nothing quite as big as what the PAC-10 is doing though.
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  • GazorpazorpfieldGazorpazorpfield Posts: 22,293 master of ceremonies
    edited June 2010
    "According to sources, A&M and Oklahoma both have had conversations with the SEC. A&M's conversations with the SEC may have been to appease A&M regent Gene Stallings, who won a national title as coach at Alabama and would love to see the Aggies in the SEC.

    But Orangebloods.com has learned Gov. Rick Perry, a diehard Aggie, will work to make sure Texas and Texas A&M stay together.

    Other sources have said that Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will do whatever Texas and A&M are doing."

    Taken from the yahoo article link to orangebloods.com
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  • AndysbackAndysback Posts: 2,228 just the tip
  • JLRedWing13JLRedWing13 Posts: 48,688 mod
    They wouldn't seperate from Texas.
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  • GazorpazorpfieldGazorpazorpfield Posts: 22,293 master of ceremonies
    I re-updated it, I didn't get everything I wanted to.
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  • zuke2323zuke2323 Posts: 263 juggalo
    ^^USC ban is hilarious, they can go to hell. As a Big Ten guy (huge Ohio State fan) I'm excited about this, although they definitely need to change the name of the conference. We could either become the new Big 12 (as the old one is definitely gonna fold) or call ourselves the Midwest Conference. But I like the addition of Nebraska and going to divisions.
  • GazorpazorpfieldGazorpazorpfield Posts: 22,293 master of ceremonies
    edited June 2010
    If Missouri follows, we'd be the Big 13


    EDIT: nevermind I just read a little bit of that article.
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  • AndysbackAndysback Posts: 2,228 just the tip
    SSSSSSSSSSPPPPPPOOOOOOOOOOORRTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSS
  • drinkwine732drinkwine732 Posts: 20,418 destroyer of motherfuckers
    What did USC do again?
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  • MarcTheFallenMarcTheFallen Posts: 26,615 master of ceremonies
    TX vs Oregon
    TX vs USC again
    OK vs USC

    *drools*
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