Nebraska called their bluff. At least for now it seems.
Love the first paragraph. Love the fact that Ronnie Green, Ted Carter, Bill Moos and Scott Frost put their name on it and didn’t shy away from the scrutiny or hide behind a decision that Big Ten Commissioner Charlie Warren barely acknowledges wasn’t unanimous.
Can we get the vote please? Was it 13-1? Or Maybe 10 - 4?
What happens now will be extremely interesting. There are so many logistical issues that need to play out but it might just end up being that Nebraska has to wait until the spring anyways.
Unless of course, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa and/or Michigan (some of the schools who have been vocal) follow Nebraska’s lead. If that happens then you never know what could come from this.
However, if Nebraska goes ahead and does their +1 with the Big 12 then the Big Ten might (as a conference) think we aren’t worth the headache. We haven’t brought the quality of football to the Big Ten they were hoping. Nebraska simply may not fit in to their plans going forward.
But if other schools join us in our little rebellion then everything is on the table.
What if Nebraska plays in the fall and then the rest of the Big Ten plays in the Spring? Is the Big Ten going to let us come back? Maybe it would be a mutual separation.
It will be something. Or maybe nothing. I’m not an expert by any means.
Those of you who want to say you saw football getting cancelled in the fall coming, go ahead. Beat your chest. You didn’t exactly stick your neck out there.
What would actually be impressive is if you saw Nebraska politely telling their own conference, again, that they are going to go ahead and do what they want.
If they can.
Other Thoughts From Other People
Are the Big10 schools shutting down campuses and not allowing students to be around each other in dorms, classrooms, student unions, and any other setting where they could gather? Are they going 100% remote ? Just asking...— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) August 11, 2020
And ... Kevin Warren's audio isn't working for BTN interview. Been that kind of week.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 11, 2020
I’m sad for the coaches & players, I’m sad for the non-revenue generating programs that are about to get the ax at a lot of universities & I’m mostly sad for the Local business owners & their employees & families that are in deep financial trouble bc of this decision. #Huskers— Nick Gregath (@Husker_Nick) August 11, 2020
Kevin Warren doing a fine job of not answering specific questions from Dave Revsine.— Chris Basnett (@HuskerExtraCB) August 11, 2020
Kevin Warren didn't sound at all like he would deny Nebraska the chance of playing this season. This is going to be fascinating to see what happens next.— Jake Sorensen (@937JakeSorensen) August 11, 2020
The thing that stands out to me in this are the names attached: Everyone important to the University of Nebraska as a whole, as well as the football program. They’re not hiding. https://t.co/wRE2mAboja— Josh Peterson (@joshtweeterson) August 11, 2020
Ohio State's Gene Smith was on the same page with Nebraska:— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) August 11, 2020
"...we were totally aligned in our efforts to delay the start of the season rather than postpone."
Nebraska and the @Big12Conference door may in fact be opening.— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) August 11, 2020
Curious to get these answers:— Nick Bahe (@NickBahe) August 11, 2020
- What the heck changed from when you announced a schedule 6 days ago?
- If it’s too dangerous to play football, how is it okay/safe to have thousands & thousands of students on campus?
- There is ZERO guarantee that it’s any safer in the spring.
The Big 10 says it's too dangerous to play in the fall but it's somehow safe enough to play in the spring and then immediately again in the fall of 2021.— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) August 11, 2020
How is playing 24 games in 8 months safe but playing right now isn't? Who are the clowns making these decisions?
Semantics matter here. There's NO chance Nebraska joins the Big 12 this year. It's too messy, TV contracts are an issue, and the Big Ten would NEVER allow it.— Pete Fiutak (@PeteFiutak) August 11, 2020
However, if Nebraska happened to play "non-conference" games against, say, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Kansas State ...
Delaying until the spring seems to me like a weak attempt to keep teams like Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State from leaving to do their own thing (if possible) this fall.— Nate Clouse (@NateClouse) August 11, 2020
To say spring football “is possible” comes across as completely disingenuous.
Power 5 AD on Big Ten & Pac-12 canceling fall football:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) August 11, 2020
“You’ve got one pro guy with no background in the industry in Kevin Warren and a guy in Larry Scott who acts like he’s smarter than everyone else. We’re supposed to be about the players. This isn’t about the players.”