Warning: This is a football post.
So apparently the Big Ten has invited Nebraska [along with Missouri, Rutgers, and ~Notre Dame~] to their conference. This would mean leaving the Big 12. And apparently some Nebraska fans are like this: "We should totally join, because the Big 12 doesn't give Nebraska enough respect! We're tough enough now that we can take on Iowa and UPenn! Rarr! Leave the stinky Big 12 behind!"
Yeah, I'm gonna disagree on this one.
1. There is a huge
difference between the Heartland and the Great Lakes regions. I know coastal people lump 'em all together (or think that everything west of Illinois and east of Oregon is like, a large prehistoric lake where plesiosaurs roam), but they're different. The Census is right. Heartland
. Great Lakes
. And for Chrissake, this goes all the way to Rutgers? May as well rename the conference The No Slavery Conference, because that's all Nebraska has in common with Big Ten states. Except, oh wait, I guess Missouri would invalidate that. And yes, geographic proximity/culture does matter. Would you ask Arizona State to join the SEC?
2. Nebraska has been in the Big 12 since its inception in 1996. That was when the Texas schools joined, by the way. Before then it was called the Big 8, and Nebraska had been in the Big 8 since its
inception in 1964 (or 1958 unofficially). And before that, it was called the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and Nebraska had been there
inception in 1908. Nebraska has been playing sports with Kansas, Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas State, and Oklahoma since 1928. Just putting that out there.
3. I am instantly suspicious of these "I don't get enough respect 'round here, so I'm just gonna pack up and take my show somewhere else!" arguments. You know why? Karma. These are the same people who "drink the big red kool-aid," and think because we won the Holiday Bowl we're going to win the National Championship this year. These are probably the same people who thought Callahan was our personal Jesus. These are also the same people who then leave threatening phone calls and gather at the airport to heckle the coach when things get bad. Every time they start talking my impulse is just to go, "Shhhhh! You'll scare away all the sane people!" And, you know, these braggarts also invite the wrath of The God Of Poetic Justice. See now, this is what will actually happen: we join the Big Ten and lose to everyone there. Texas [and possibly Oklahoma] T.P.'s the entire state of Nebraska. Massive amounts of actual poisoned big red kool-aid are consumed. We do not want this, people!
4. Oh yeah, and the whole "if Texas wants to dominate OUR conference, then we'll just LEAVE" comment is just ultimate weaksauce. I hate Texas too, but I want to beat up on them
, people. I don't want to flounce
5. A better idea is to realign the Big 12 like such: add Oklahoma and Okie St. to the Big 12 North, add TCU to the Big 12 South, make Colorado join the Mountain West Conference, make Iowa State and Kansas State join... something else, and then have just have The Northern Great Plains versus the State of Texas. Now that's hot.