The Huskers playing conference games against the likes of Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Iowa and perhaps Notre Dame appears to be the new reality for the Husker football program following a closed session meeting of the University’s Board of Regents Friday afternoon. After the 40 minute closed session, Chancellor Harvey Perlman asked the Regents to approve Nebraska’s application to the Big 10. The Omaha World Herald reported that it was a done deal and said the Big 10 office contacted Dan Beebe at the Big 12 office Friday morning with word that Nebraska was leaving the Big 12. The seismic shift in college conference affiliations continues as Nebraska’s departure would be a big blow to the Big 12, which lost Colorado to the Pac-10 Conference on Thursday. It has been reported that Missouri and Notre Dame are among other schools also looking at a Big 10 affiliation.
The Huskers would begin Big 10 competition with the 2011-2012 school year.
With Nebraska pursuing membership in the Big Ten and Colorado having already jumped to the Pac-10, the future of the Big 12 is in jeopardy. The Pac-10 is also reportedly interested in inviting Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to form a 16-team league. University of Texas regents will meet next week to decide whether the Longhorns will remain in the Big 12 or switch to another conference.
Meanwhile, Boise State University has accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference in July of 2011. Boise State, currently a Western Athletic Conference member, would become the Mountain West Conference’s 10th member.