Regents Jim McClurg, right, and Tim Clare, center greet Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne before the start of a Nebraksa Board of Regents meeting held to discuss and vote on a resolution for conference alignment. KENT SIEVERS/THE WORLD-HERALD
All right. After being put on hold for two days by Regents Chairman Bob Phares over purely trivial distinctions, we can now say, officially, that Nebraska will apply to join the Big Ten. And I, for one, totally appreciate Phares' efforts to make sure we all respect and appreciate official procedure. Thanks, Bob.
The Regents' meeting itself wasn't much of a surprise; Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Tom Osborne spent plenty of time talking up the Big Ten (which, coming from a Husker's mouth, is downright surreal) and excoriating the Big XII South for the "Nebraska is killing the Big XII" rhetoric. This Tom Osborne quote was especially choice:
"One school leaving a conference doesn't break up a conference. Two schools leaving a conference doesn't break up a conference. Six schools leaving breaks up a conference.:"
But for as forceful of rhetoric as that was, it was to be expected, given the public hammering Nebraska's been under from the Big XII. The real surprise is that Nebraska is targeting 2011 for Big Ten admission. Colorado joined the Pac-10 for the 2012 season, and the rest of the South were expected to do the same. Either the Pac-10 bumps the effective date up a year, or 2011 is going to be a very awkward year in the Big XII North.
And Nebraska? We're holding a trident, we've been lifting weights and doing cocaine all day, and we want a big piece of your time.