How close is Nebraska to joining Big Ten?
Is Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten a done deal?
According to the Associated Press, university chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Tom Osborne will talk with members of the school’s Board of Regents at a 1 p.m. meeting on Friday regarding whether the Cornhuskers should leave the Big 12 conference. The board is expected to hear the pros and cons of joining the Big Ten and they will have the opportunity to express their opinions, thoughts and concerns about the move.
What is clear is that the defection from the Big 12 is strictly a football move, as it would allow the Huskers to double their conference-derived revenue to about $20 million.
The board likely is curious about how the move would affect the Huskers’ other 22 sports, however.
At the end of the meeting, it is possible that the regents could officially vote on changing conferences.
The Big 12 had set a Friday deadline for Nebraska and Missouri to state whether they intended to leave the league. On Thursday, Colorado left the conference for the Pac-10.
Nebraska must formally apply for admission to the Big Ten, which could occur by the end of the weekend or early next week. Besides Nebraska, it doesn’t appear that any other school would be joining the Big Ten in the very near future, as it’s likely the conference would be happy with 12 members.
Of course, based on the always-evolving story of major-conference expansion, it seems that nearly any member of every conference is up for grabs, specifically from the Big 12.
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