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Pelini says 'bring on the elements' even as JerryWorld looks to be a Big 12 lock

The NFL made a wee bit of a splash this past week by awarding the 2014 Super Bowl to the new open-air Meadowlands stadium.

We suspect that Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini may have quietly applauded the decision to play the most important game in the sport at a cold-weather venue that has no dome.

Speaking ahead of the annual Big 12 meetings that could be the most important in the conference’s history, Pelini had an answer for those who would like to make the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium — site of the 2009 and 2010 title game — the permanent home for the league’s championship.

“Bring on the elements,” Pelini told the Lincoln Journal Star, obviously referring to Kansas City staying as part of the rotation.

The past six years, the title game has rotated amongst both North and South sites, with Arrowhead Stadium serving as the North venue in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008.  That, however, could very well change in the very near future.

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman told the Journal Star that the Big 12 board of directors has authorized commissioner Dan Beebe to begin negotiations with Jerry Jones’ Ode to Excess on a three-year extension that would keep the game in Arlington through 2013.

Even as UN athletic director Tom Osborne fears that with an extension will come “a push to have it there permanently,” Perlman said that’s not the plan heading into the talks.

“How we balance off the advantages of the venues against geographic and divisional location is something I think we should examine on a continuing basis without fixing a permanent site,” Perlman told the paper via email. “And all of this seems to me should be driven by the fan experience — I do not think that there is much, if any, ‘competitive advantage’ from one site to the other.”

You can rest assured that neither Osborne nor Pelini will not be pleased with this development, and it will serve as Reason No. 1,247 why the Cornhuskers will likely jump if offered an opportunity to bolt their current conference for the Big 10.

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  1. thehusker says: May 31, 2010 1:15 AM

    Lets be real honest with ourselves here, Dan Beebe is one incredible POS. Props to Osborne voting for as the Lone Ranger against the Evil Empire when trying to rescind the Vote.

  2. Cubano says: May 31, 2010 8:43 AM

    Great Football + Worlds Largest Stripper Club = Good Times……Good Times in deed!

  3. BugKiller says: May 31, 2010 9:53 AM

    Once again, this is yet more proof of why the Big-XII is sucking hind teat to the SEC and the Big-ZERO.
    The SEC is not a loose confederation of institutions who are largely out for their own good and not the good of the conference. The SEC has a strong central position of power in Mike Slive. The Big-ZERO is ruled with an iron (albeit whiney and eternally jealous of the SEC) fist of Jim Delaney.
    The Big-XII is weak centrally. OF COURSE they should be at Jerryworld… EVERY YEAR.
    The SEC Championship Game became what it’s turned into by placing the game in Atlanta, at the Georgia Dome, as opposed to the hicktown of Birmingham. Atlanta is one of the best conventioneering towns in the country. The Dome is on the campus of the Georgia World Congress Center, which is set up as the SEC Fan Fest for a full week before the game. Atlanta has the world’s busiest airport.
    And yeah, when LSU got their butt’s kicked by UGA in the 2005 Game, they complained about the game being in Atlanta as opposed to say, New Orleans. But such talk was quickly dismissed by Mike Slive. Because that was never a problem for anyone in the 1990’s when Georgia never played in the game.
    The Big-ZERO Game will most likely be placed in Indianapolis every year. That city is, like Atlanta, a good conventioneering city. There will be plenty of people at UM and Michigan State who might be mad, thinking Ford Field would be just as good, but they’d never complain for fear of Delaney.
    The Big-XII schools should be BEGGING Jerry Jones to let them play their game permanently in the Dallas area at Jerryworld, which can be expanded to 100,000 seats. Playing in the elements at Kansas City is STUPID.
    Ask the ACC how playing your Championship Game in the elements has worked out for them. They’ve yet to sell out their crappy game. This is just a symptom of a much bigger problem with the Big-XII.
    This is why the Big-XII is about to be ripped apart. No strong central power that the schools buy into and respect.
    Mizzou and Nebraska will be gone by year’s end. Texas and Texas A&M will be heading to the SEC. Colorado will be joining the Pac-10.
    Bye-bye Big-XII.

  4. Colossus7 says: Jun 1, 2010 9:02 AM

    Why don’t they just call the Big 12, the Big Star State and just kick all non Texas teams out?

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