Tom Osborne's take on the Big 10 at the spring meetings:
"You have the general feeling here that people are trying to do their best for the collective good," he said Wednesday. "There's not a lot of one-upmanship or somebody out trying to gain an advantage."
"It's a very classy conference," Pelini said. "I've enjoyed working with all the new Big Ten people. It just exudes class, and it's great to be a part of."
Translation: Suck it, Beebe. (And, Texas, too, for that matter.)
Q: Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe declined a trip Lincoln to present your team with the Big 12 North Division trophy because of vile messages and death threats. What was your reaction to that?
A: I was disappointed. If he did get death threats, I was disappointed that someone would be that exercised. And secondly, a little bit disappointed that it was a matter of public information because most anybody who has been in coaching for any length of time or a political figure has had some pretty serious threats. I've had a great number of death threats during my time as a coach, and most of them just got thrown in the waste basket, unless someone had a particular method that they mentioned or a time and place sometimes we'd turn in over to campus police. Usually it's somebody who lost a bet or was mad at the world.
Q: This was unfortunate because it reflected, however small, a segment of the fan base?
A: Yeah, and I think if you listen to opposing coaches and fans that come in here, this is probably one of the more well mannered fan bases in the world. The hospitality is good, the people are knowledgeable and understand good football when they see it. So I was really disappointed in that.
"It is all but certain that Nebraska will be playing in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl," Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe said. "Formal Big 12 procedures prevent the conference from making an official announcement until Sunday afternoon. We are aware that fans from all of our schools, including Nebraska, want to begin making plans to attend these contests."