In the midst of what has transpired in the last 48 hours I feel the need to step outta the shadows and attempt to get back to spreading the hot word across the college landscape.
THE HOT LIST:
1. Ultimatum: Is this the end of the Big 12?
If you haven't heard, after the Big 12 meeting concluded last week...Dan Beebe issued an ultimatum at the University of Nebraska and Missouri to declare they are staying with the Big 12 for good or else. Or else? Or else? What are you talking about? Think about this one...what can the Big 12 do to Nebraska and Missouri if they fail to tell the Big 12 that they will remain with the conference?? The answer is that they can't do anything about it. If you read deeper into the situation you get the feeling that its the major player schools in the Big 12 that are doing all the complaining. I feel that Texas and A&M are becoming the nagging children that sometimes you have the patience to put up with but most of the time you don't want anything to do with them...Of course leave it to Texas to use it power ploy it has in the conference to spread rumors that they would leave the Big 12 for the Pac-10 if Nebraska decides not to stay. If you look at how the meetings of the Big 12 were conducted, you got the distinct feeling that Texas was not happy that Nebraska was seriously being courted by the Big 10. I feel that if they were located differently that they would likely be the ones vying for the coveted invitation from the Big 10 and thus sending the Big 12 to its doom.
The national perception that is being thrown out there that if Nebraska bolts for the Big 10 that it would create a tidal wave affect that would greatly change the landscape of college football. Clearly there is a national thirst for pinning a college as the scapegoat for the conference realignment. I think that Nebraska being labeled as the scapegoat is completely ludicrous. Clearly Nebraska is one of probably 5 schools that the Big 10 would love to get its hands on. Should Nebraska go if an official offer was given??? ABSOLUTELY!!!
Clearly Nebraska gets into a more prestigious academic conference and thus can fund the new research project campus that the University is clearly going to begin to build in the State Park land area. Also, you have a chance to net $22 million dollars a year in TV revenue and likely that number will be higher than what was split out this year. Clearly our fan base brings a national audience that will attract the Big 10 networks subscriptions that they are highly wanting their new member to generate if they accept an invitation. I think that Nebraska is stuck in a league right now that clearly has its power in Texas. Nebraska shouldn't be happy that the Big 12 meetings declared Dallas the site of the Championship game for the next 5 years. Nebraska can go to the Big 10, compete for conference championships immediately, generate a new recruiting base, and formulate new traditions and rivalries for its athletic programs.
Either way as the days change...I feel more and more that Nebraska will be a member of the Big 10 by the 2011 season.