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Osborne, Tressel engaged in expansion chit-chat

While the following post is not exactly earth-shattering news, it’s just another sign that what’s thrown out there for consumption to the masses might not exactly be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Much like their counterparts at the Columbus Dispatch did yesterday, the Dallas Morning News has obtained emails through an open records request from both Texas Tech and Nebraska regarding the expansion issue.

Again, the missives obtained by the paper were nothing that will shake the college football world to its very core — “I’m very concerned about this,” a late April email from Tech chancellor Kent Hance read in part — but it still points out the obvious: for every conversation admitted to publicly, there are likely hundreds going on behind closed doors and in the back rooms that nobody will (likely) ever know about.

The latest example of a closed-door conversation?

According to an email obtained by the Morning News, NU athletic director Tom Osborne wrote an email to university chancellor Harvey Perlman explaining to him that he had spoken recently to Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and that he (Osborne) thought “it would be a good idea if we met sometime soon regarding the expansion landscape.”

That email was dated April 20, long before the latest round of rumors jarred the landscaped.

Nebraska has long been rumored to be a target of the Big Ten — or at least hoping to be a target — and this email at least confirms that it’s being discussed at the highest levels.  As if that weren’t already a given…

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Respond to “Osborne, Tressel engaged in expansion chit-chat”
  1. grandavenue says: Jun 5, 2010 7:44 PM

    “…where there’s smoke there’s fire!”
    Go job guys, you have been all over this for months!! love it! keep em coming! :)

  2. OpinionsNAholes says: Jun 6, 2010 5:14 PM

    Given that Tressel was in Lincoln this summer for a “speaking engagement” and got was rumored to have gotten a tour of the Husker facilities, I’d say that it’s pretty likely that expansion may have come up a time or two.

  3. boosie says: Jun 9, 2010 12:08 PM

    man, can anyone post on this site whatever they want? John Taylor is the worst poster i have ever seen, yet he keeps coming back with these idiotic statements. dude, no one cares abouy your opinion or your he said she said bull honk. Free speech at its best i guess, lord have mercy!

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