If there is a deadline for Nebraska and Missouri to express their undying love and loyalty to the Big 12, the former’s athletic director is completely in the dark about it.
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, NU’s Tom Osborne stated that he is unaware of the Friday, June 11 deadline — which could be extended to June 15 according to another report.
“I really don’t know what the final parameters are,” Osborne said. “I really can’t comment. The agreement when I left (the Big 12 meetings) Thursday was that (conference commissioner) Dan Beebe and (Texas president) William Powers would do the speaking.”
The Journal Star asked Osborne if it were possible that a deadline was set without him knowing about it.
Osborne said that he hasn’t “had a chance to have an in-depth discussion with (NU chancellor) Harvey (Perlman) since Friday”, adding that they’ve only spoken briefly.
If there were actually a deadline, wouldn’t that be something that Perlman would at least mention to Osborne, even if it were just in passing during a brief conversation?
“So, Tom, how ’bout this weather we’re having? Can you believe that call by Jim Joyce? What a boner, eh. Oh yeah, before I almost forget: we have less than a week to decide whether or not we want to stay in the Big 12. So, anyway, where was I at? Oh yeah. How Joyce could blow that call and cost that kid a perfect game is a travesty.“
So, it seems, either there’s no deadline; Perlman’s holding out a huge piece of 411 from the most powerful man in the athletic department; or Osborne is flat-out lying to the Journal Star.
I know two of those that I would almost absolutely and completely rule out.
It just looks and smells like there are certain schools in the Big 12 who are putting out a plausible cover story, even as they’ve already planted the C-4 and have the remote trigger hidden behind their back.