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Report: Nebraska wants to rejoin Big 12 | Larry Brown Sports

A report says Nebraska wants to rejoin the Big 12, which is looking at expansion and possibly rebranding.

Don’t click on that link.

The link will show you some tweets that were from a guy who has no credibility and is clearly seeking attention. This is one of the reasons that I’ve stopped trying to use Twitter as a resource for articles-it is too easy to use the ramblings of an attention-seeking fool as representative of anything more than that.

Twitter is useful when we’re doing stories involving credible accounts like those from coaches, players, or Nebraska media outlets, but everything else as a legitimate news source is suspect.

Nebraska doesn’t want to rejoin the Big 12. Or rather, Nebraska doesn’t want to leave the Big Ten. The Big 12 represents a dead past. The Big Ten represents a healthy, economically viable, stable, and prestigious future.

The biggest problem with an article like that above is its headline. It gets shared or posted on a social media platform like Facebook where a lot of people don’t bother reading the article but only look at the headline. If they do read the article they typically don’t check the sources. Then it gets shared, and discussed, and then sooner or later it’s a much bigger deal than it should’ve been in the first place.

Extrapolate that to politics, science, health, or general news, and you’ve got the situation we’re in now where there is so much bad information floating around that it’s difficult to discern what’s credible/valid and what is not.

Who wants to go back to the Big 12? Nobody except those experiencing an unhealthy dose of nostalgia. And that one guy who wants attention for attention’s sake. Buy him a beer. And then get the hell away from him.

Huskers Journey to Wisconsin, Minnesota - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The Nebraska soccer team (9-4-0, 3-2-0) continues its Big Ten slate on the road this week against Wisconsin and No. 17 Minnesota.

Huskers Set to Host Indiana and Purdue - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team hosts Indiana and Purdue this weekend at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Indiana will wear new ‘Candy-Stripe’ uniforms vs. Nebraska and they’re awesome - The Crimson Quarry

Indiana’s bringing the hardwood tradition over to the gridiron for the Homecoming matchup against the Huskers.

Comedian Bill Burr attends Nebraska football game; 'the stadium was amazing' | Huskers - KETV Home

"It was actually pretty cool," he began. "I got to meet Larry the Cable Guy. He's like the president out there."

I forgot who Bill Burr was, went to youtube, and then spent an hour watching his stand up. Funny. Irreverent. Excellent.

University!

Engineers start small to find greener, cheaper concrete mixes | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

A recent grant from the National Science Foundation will help engineers investigate new concrete mixtures that incorporate alternative and recycled materials.

Remember that bit about China using more concrete in three years than the US did in the entire 20th century?

It might sound boring, but it’s pretty damned important. And I think, rather interesting.

Chemistry Day is Oct. 8 | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

High school seniors who attend can register to win scholarships. The department plans to award several scholarships amounting up to $1,500 for the 2017-18 academic year to prospective Nebraska chemistry majors.

Sunday with a Scientist to explore predators | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The University of Nebraska State Museum's October Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will explore predators. The event is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Morrill Hall, 645 N. 14th St.

Brad Paisley concert: What you need to know | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Country star Brad Paisley is bringing his Country Nation College Tour, presented by Frontier Communications, to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus for a free show on Thursday, Oct. 13.

'Danish Girl' author visit among creative-writing month highlights | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Among the highlights is a talk by David Ebershoff, author of “The Danish Girl,” which was adapted into a motion picture that earned four Academy Award nominations.

'Quiltscapes' exhibition to open Oct. 14 | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The International Quilt Study Center and Museum will host the first United States solo exhibition of the millennium for Pauline Burbidge, one of the United Kingdom's top quilt artists.

Shaping Sound to perform at Lied on Oct. 12 | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Travis Wall's Shaping Sound will bring explosive choreography, dynamic rhythm, speed and physical strength to the Lied Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

Journalism hosts Pershing talk by WWI historian | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

“America is preparing to observe the 100th anniversary of World War I. It’s great to have a noted historian like Mitch Yockelson talk about Pershing’s role in the war that established the U.S. as a global superpower,” said Barney McCoy, associate professor of broadcasting. McCoy is producing a TV documentary on Pershing.

Project aims to boost women in math grad programs | Nebraska Today | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Despite advances since Judy Walker graduated as one of just a few women in her doctoral mathematics program 20 years ago, today only a quarter of U.S. math doctorates go to women.

Good luck with that! I heard math was hard. Barbie told me that a while back and certainly Barbie has more credibility than the guy I mentioned above.

Big Ten

Player to Watch: Minnesota Gophers QB Mitch Leidner - Black Heart Gold Pants

Who hates Iowa? Mitch Leidner hates Iowa.

Makes you love Leidner, doesn’t it?

Behind enemy lines: Q&A with Black Shoe Diaries ahead of Maryland-Penn State - Testudo Times

BSD’s Aaron Yorke stops by to talk about the Nittany Lions.

Big Ten Attendance: the rising - On the Banks

You thought I forgot to do it this week, didn’t you?

An Open Letter To Michigan State Fans Being Unfair To Tyler O'Connor - The Only Colors

We have lost before, we will lose again. Let’s cool off with all this nonsense, yeah?

I hate “open letters”. It seems to be an overused phrase.

Michigan State Upperclassmen Call Players-Only Meeting - The Only Colors

"What's happened here the last two weeks is something that's embarrassing... It shouldn’t happen here."

Indiana at Ohio State game preview: JT Barrett & Urban Meyer are the leaders of a rollicking offensive death machine - The Crimson Quarry

Kevin Wilson's Hoosiers have played Ohio State about as well as anyone has in the Urban Meyer Era, what are the chances they finally break through on Saturday?

KIRK SPEAKS: IOWA VS. MINNESOTA - Black Heart Gold Pants

What’s it take for a player to lose his starting job?

Urban Meyer knows not to overlook Indiana - Land-Grant Holy Land

The Hoosiers did just upset Michigan State, after all.

What Is: Run-Pass Option | mgoblog

Watch the receiver at the bottom of the screen We’re going to be talking more often in the next few weeks about Run-Pass Option (RPO) plays, also known as packaged plays. Rutgers lives off them, Indiana loves them, Maryland is installing them, and Ohio State has made them a bigger part of their offense this year.

Getting to know Michigan’s Week 6 Opponent: Rutgers - Maize n Brew

Does Rutgers have a chance? We see what they have going for them, or lackthereof

Purdue at Illinois Preview - Hammer and Rails

We interrupt all this pissing and moaning to bring you a football game preview.

Purdue Football: Life in A Welfare State - From a Former Player - Hammer and Rails

A former player asked for a platform to speak about the current state of affairs in regards to Purdue Football.

Purdue Football: Life in a Welfare State – The Fallout - Hammer and Rails

From Albert Evans to Doug Griffiths, the Purdue family had a lot to say about yesterday’s letter.

Our Purdue site is doing an excellent job of covering what’s going on at their university. Purdue right now seems to be living in an alternate reality. From an administrative standpoint they don’t appear to care about having a winning program, but only about the money being brought in through their Big Ten relationship.

As we’ve brought on more writers and more content, I’ve tried to focus more on conference and national issues. I recall a Facebook post a while back complaining “why is there a photo of a Texas player on a Nebraska Facebook page?”.

IT’S BECAUSE NEBRASKA DOES NOT EXIST NOR PLAY FOOTBALL IN A VACUUM.

Regardless if we’re playing them or not what other teams do has an effect on Nebraska. In this case, Purdue is in the Big Ten West, which is widely considered the worst division in Power Five football. A team as crappy as Purdue could potentially keep Nebraska from getting in the College Football Playoff because of strength of schedule.

Pressure should be placed on Purdue by other conference members to improve their program. This won’t be done by athletic directors, nor by University presidents, since they tend to be consensus builders - they’re more likely to “get along go along”.

Elsewhere

If I had to guess, I’d say Strong doesn’t survive this season - Burnt Orange Nation

It may have become too much of an uphill battle

The College Football Playoff race is down to 28 teams. Here’s how it should look in December - SBNation.com

Ohio State-Michigan seems likely to all but determine one spot, and the ACC and SEC favorites are clear. For now.

Rasmussen Poll finds one-third of NFL viewers less likely to watch over anthem protests

So Mulvhill is not buying the Kaepernick-led protest boycott as a factor, but overall, the numbers are down and until they go back up, we’ll continue to see various theories as to why viewers aren’t watching in 2016.

Why wouldn't it be politically motivated?

People watch sports to escape the bullshit in their lives - bullshit like politics - and this year has more politically-oriented bullshit than ever before, like a global warming of bullshit. I think people are tired. If their sports gets filled with things they want to escape, sports will lose, won't it?

Former UCLA football captain sues NCAA and Pac-12 over concussions - LA Times

Tom Sullivan, who played 35 games as a defensive back from 1979 to 1982, alleged in the class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Indiana that he sustained more than 20 concussions during his college career.

Note that this article states there were 17 such lawsuits all filed by the same law firm.

Seventeen other concussion lawsuits against the NCAA were filed in federal court Monday and Tuesday by Chicago-based Edelson PC, the law firm representing Sullivan. Many of the complaints used language similar to that in his case.

Remember this when you see articles about a mass of what appear to be different concussion-related lawsuits against the NCAA. The strategy here appears to be to either overwhelm the NCAA in fighting individual suits, or to get as much public relations out of individual personal interest stories as possible and fight the NCAA in the court of public opinion before going to court.

There’s money to be made for lawyers here, otherwise it wouldn’t be happening.

Then There's This

Hello Kitty Wine Is Here and It’s a Sparkling Rose, of Course - Eater

So pink, so bubbly

Because the world needed this.

Ben Stiller's misguided prostate cancer recommendations

My problem with Stiller’s piece is that it makes a number of false or misleading assertions and fails to accurately reflect the evidence on prostate cancer screening. And because Stiller is smart, persuasive, and famous, his skewed piece may do a great deal of harm to men who may be led astray by his faulty reasoning.

This site does an excellent job of telling you about health news. Read the article for more.