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Friday Flakes: The Nebraska and Big Ten “Marriage”

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I just don’t think it was a big deal

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The usual national media writers (nope not putting them here) wrote their run of the mill criticisms of how Nebraska has the soiled their relationship with the Big Ten. One of the articles that came out yesterday said that they both want a divorce but neither has anywhere to go so they just live with it.

Maybe it’s really not that dramatic. It could just be that Nebraska is that one friend or teammate that continues to push buttons and doesn’t quite fall in line like everybody else wished they would.

It’s really not a big deal in the large scheme of things.

Remember Nebraska has simply done everything it can do to safely play football. It is not currently being sued for racism. It didn’t employ Larry Nassar. It also did not employ Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky. Did it knowingly employ a wide receivers coach who was allegedly beating his wife?

The Big Ten appears to prefer that member schools ask for permission. Nebraska instead appears to prefer to ask for forgiveness instead.

Compared to some of the sins over the past decade by Big Ten member schools, I don’t think trying to safely play football is a big deal. The marriage will be just fine.


To be expected, it was reported that the virus is currently making its way through the Illinois football program. After it was learned it was extremely likely that Graham Mertz was positive (even though he tested negative) for COVID-19 during the game with Illinois that it seemed like it was inevitable that Illinois would start seeing positive cases.

It went close to a week and we didn’t learn anything until last night. It was a report though we hope to hear more today.

Add that to the fact that Trevor Lawrence has now tested positive for the virus. Could he miss the game against Notre Dame?

Now Purdue could be joining Nebraska and watching football instead of playing football this weekend.

This could be a blip on the radar or it could be the start of a wave.


SPORTS! SPORTS! SPORTS!

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Something has to give for Nebraska and soon.

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Kiszla: CU Buffs and Cornhuskers should be playing football, instead of being stuck in conferences where they don’t belong. – The Denver Post
Colorado has never belonged in the Pac-12 Conference.

Nebraska has never really felt at home in the Big Ten.

All the Buffs and Huskers want to do is go out and play football. For bragging rights instead of money. Like CU and Nebraska used to, back in the glory days of Bill McCartney and Tom Osborne.

In my dreams, the Buffaloes and Cornhuskers are on the football field this weekend, blocking and tackling each other with passion. Play the game in Boulder. Or Lincoln. Or between two pick-up trucks in the Julesburg Family Market parking lot, for crying out loud.

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You’ll see five future Huskers kicking off their postseasons this weekend. Here’s a rundown on what to know about each of them and their teams.

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“STICK TO SPORTS!” Nah.

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I'm definitely "The Brave One."

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