The midlands are all a twitter over the impending news that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is leaving the Big 12 athletic conference today to join the Big Ten. Now, the clever thing about that move is that the Big Ten currently has eleven member schools in the conference — can you see the “11” hidden in the Big Ten logo below? — and by adding Nebraska, the Big Ten suddenly becomes the new Big 12!
Here are the current Big Ten universities:
:: Michigan State
:: Ohio State
:: Penn State
Some believe Missouri may also leave the Big 12 and join Nebraska in the Big 10 — which would make the Big Ten a Large 13.
Wilder fantasies abound that Notre Dame will give up its independence and also join the Big 10. Right now, it doesn’t make sense for Notre Dame to join a conference. They’re doing really well on their own.
Texas ruined the Big 12.
Texas wanted to be like Notre Dame and own its own football television network — so Texas had, in effect, already left the Big 12 before Nebraska pulled down the house — and now Texas is left holding a disintegrating conference.
I don’t know what conference would want Texas because if you take Texas, Texas takes you and owns your conference and makes all the hidden decisions.
Texas is not Notre Dame. Texas doesn’t have a Knute Rockne or an embedded international following based on religion and a Pope. Notre Dame makes loads of football money as an independent school.
Texas would wither into sagebrush going it alone as a football network — and many of us hope they take that route just to taste their own orange dust they’ve been kicking in the mouths of the rest of the Big 12 all these lonesome years.
Texas is a bully school and, frankly, Nebraska was tired of being run by Texas. By moving to the Big 10, Nebraska has a more even political playing field and Big 10 schools are better and smarter than those in the Big 12.
Nebraska also loses its precious, but condemning, regionality by stretching beyond the Midwest and into the East Coast. The Big 10 is the richest — and most successful athletic conference in the history of sport — and each member school will only get richer and better with the addition of the Cornhuskers to the briny mix.