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Big Ten threatens to kick Nebraska out of conference if they explore fall football options

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When momentum began shifting toward a postponed season for the Big Ten, several of the conferences top coaches including Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Scott Frost (Nebraska), Ryan Day (Ohio State), and James Franklin (Penn State) all released public statements against the idea, instead pushing to play the season on time in the fall.

In fact, Frost went as far as to say his Nebraska Cornhuskers would go outside the conference to play games if the Big Ten backed out.

“We’re a proud member of the Big Ten,” Frost told reporters on Tuesday. “We want to play a Big Ten schedule. I think the only reason we would look at any other options is if for some reason the Big Ten wasn’t playing and only a handful of teams from the Big Ten wanted to continue playing. I think if that’s the case, I think we’re prepared to look at any and all options.”

After the Big Ten officially announced it would be postponing the college football season, Nebraska released a statement saying the program was “very disappointed” and that the team “[hopes] it may be possible for our student-athletes to have the opportunity to compete.”

When asked about a potential one-year move for the Cornhuskers, first-year Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren told Yahoo Sports that it would not be allowed.

If the program wanted to make such a move, they would not be allowed back into the Big Ten after the one-year hiatus.

“No,” he told Yahoo Sports. “Not and be a member of the Big Ten Conference.”

In other words, if you’re gone, you’re gone, and the conference can allocate Nebraska’s $50 million cut of league payouts elsewhere.

This afternoon, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told reporters that Nebraska has not yet reached out to the conference, which announced it was moving forward with a fall football season and released its complete schedule at noon.

Despite no movement thus far, will Nebraska ultimately decide to pack its bags and give a call to the SEC, ACC, or Big 12 in hopes of playing football this fall? Or will they begrudgingly play nice and attempt to take the field in the spring with the Big Ten?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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29 Comments for Big Ten threatens to kick Nebraska out of conference if they explore fall football options

  1. kentuckybackupplayer
    12:34 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    the huskers should respond with a “Well Bye”………….

    • ThatsAShame
      12:45 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      And leave 50 mil on the table. In hopes of what?

    • kentuckybackupplayer
      1:28 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      sometimes it ain’t about money, and in hopes of relieving the regret they have about joining the conference.

    • ClutchCargo
      1:35 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Major college athletics is always about money, to a large degree.

    • ThatsAShame
      2:17 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Clutch. Truth.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:35 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe the SEC can help them with any buyout. I dunno, but didn’t the Huskers settle with the Big 12 when they left? I seem to remember reading that they owed a large sum. Same for Maryland when they bolted and left the ACC for the Big 10.

  2. WKY Cat
    12:43 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    They might quickly explore other conferences and their willingness to take them as a school going forward. Then make a decision.

  3. FinnaGoHAM
    12:44 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Most of their traditional rivals are in the Big12 now, but that would give the Big12 11 members (not an optimal amount). Probably wouldn’t be too hard to also add in Memphis.

    • WKY Cat
      1:10 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      And they lose 20 million per year of conference dollars going from the Big10 back to the Big12.

    • T-Town Cat
      2:01 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      They won’t get that $50MM if the Big 10 doesn’t play.

    • WKY Cat
      5:01 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      So that works out to 2.5 years of financial loss. I’d stay in the Big10 and after 3 seasons you’re ahead financially again.

  4. BigBluSoTru
    12:59 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    it doesnt matter because in the end all the holdout conf’s will decide it’s best to just postpone or cancel or face serious litigation down the road possibly. All it’s going to take is athlete with complications from getting the virus.

    • PensacolaCat
      1:05 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Well if you said it it must be true. Why even bother debating things any further?

    • UKBigBlueForever
      1:57 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      They should do player evaluations and if they have any known co-morbidities be seemed ineligible to play for safety reasons… Otherwise play some damn football and move on

  5. Lip Man 1
    1:13 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    WKY Cat: Exactly correct. Schools are already millions of dollars in the hole and Nebraska is going to basically “give away” all that money because Frost is acting like a five year old who can’t get his way?

    If that were to happen the Board of Regents needs to fire the school chancellor.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      1:55 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Lip Man 1, I’m taking the virus seriously but geezus man. Do you leave your house in a bubble like bubble boy?

  6. Trinity45
    1:20 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Nebraska should consider going back to their old conference, I believe they have more to gain from the rivalries they had there. Screw the Big 10

    • satcheluk
      10:45 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      I bet you can’t balance a check book.

  7. ClutchCargo
    1:26 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    In hopes of maybe finding a place that will pay them a fraction of that? Not happening. Sit down, Nebraska!

  8. bbn606
    1:45 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Well the Big Ten is not working out for Nebraska, perhaps they do need to change conferences. The Sunbelt would be their best shot at winning a few games.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:36 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Haha. They may not want Troy again. Troy is a giant killer and they’ve beaten Nebraska before. Okie State and Missouri too.

  9. ScoggDog
    1:48 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    All this talk about Nebraska losing money by leaving the Big 10 leaves out one very important point. If the SEC and ACC play this fall – and the Big 10 doesn’t – that Big 10 television contract isn’t going to be worth nearly as much in the near future.

    Whatever conferences play this fall are going to have a distinct advantage over the ones that don’t – for quite a long time. Long term advantages on the field. A big lead on recruiting. A HUGE financial advantage. If the SEC and/or ACC play – it’s not a matter of Nebraska losing out on some Big 10 money. It’s a case of Nebraska getting out of a sinking conference while the getting is good.

    Nebraska has done what they need to do – express a willingness to leave. Now, they need to work behind the scenes, quietly, to figure out if one or more conferences are really going to play and if one of those conferences will take them in. And by all means – keep the kids practicing and hopeful for a season. That’s going to be the trick – you can’t work this plan in secret with 85 kids ranging from 18 – 22 years old.

    As I said last night, there were only two conferences that stood by the NCAA as everyone else bailed, joined the CFA, and broke the college football TV monopoly to pave the way for today’s conference networks. Those two conferences were … The Big 10 and the PAC 8. This behavior is nothing new from them.

  10. kentuckybackupplayer
    2:01 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    one thing folks don’t realize is that football is all they got in nebraska and the citizens are going to be really angry if they do not play and those citizens and boosters can get rid of university presidents when they get riled up.

  11. Bluebloodtoo
    2:12 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    I love seeing all this dissent. I’m so tired of everyone maintaining the status quo or being too afraid to buck the system. This behavior is healthy and indicative of a healthy system.

  12. light my fire
    4:06 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t play but allowed to protest and riot and loot.

  13. WILDCATS1968
    4:23 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    It is not frost acting like a baby. It is the players wanting to play. Just like Trevor Lawrence coming out and being so vocal. No backlash for him ? have the players sign a waiver so that there is no lawsuits down the road, have a opt out with no recourse or loss of playing status being affected. easy peasy. If enough of the teams get together and decide to play other conferences, the Big Cant Count wont do jack about it. So are you really willing to kick Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Nebraska out if the play ? I highly doubt it, just like trying to strong arm other leagues to join them in cancelling, they are just playing a poker hand trying to bluff schools by kicking them out if they decide to play anyway.

    • satcheluk
      10:48 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Why don’t you sign a waiver, so that if anyone harms or wrongs you, then you give up your rights to redress? No? That’s what I thought.

    • Corder
      11:46 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Stach, you would be the kind of person to go after McDonald’s for their coffee being too hot. Get a grip on reality. If people make their own choice to play or not then you need no wavier and those adults have made a choice of their own free will. I know that’s a crazy concept for you but the rest of us ain’t scared of our own shadow like you.

  14. Lip Man 1
    12:41 pm August 13, 2020 Permalink

    Thursday news: Nebraska isn’t going anywhere. As I said they weren’t going to leave money on the table: