UNL has taken another step toward full alignment with the Big Ten universities, having received an invitation to join the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.
Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced the June 16 invitation in an e-mail to UNL faculty and staff.
"I am told the vote was unanimous, that all 12 CIC provosts affirmed the invitation," Perlman wrote. "This affiliation will bring many academic benefits to UNL.
Admittedly, there will be nothing natural about the awkward, clunky months to follow as the consequences of Nebraska's move reverberate through the rest of the Big 12 and college football. There will be bickering. There will be bitterness. There could well be burned bridges from Piscataway to the Pacific Coast by the time all is said and done.
But Nebraska didn't win all those games over the years with sympathy. At the Huskers' peak -- think Tommie Frazier against Florida -- they bowled over their competitors. It's been a long time since they enjoyed such a decisive victory, but this move, unquestionably, is just that.