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Clock ticking down on Nebraska's Big 12 tenure

With a board of regents meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. ET this afternoon, Nebraska’s time as a member of the Big 12 conference is seemingly coming to an end.

All of the signs on the road traveled this week point to the Cornhuskers shedding the Big 12 and making a move toward membership in the Big Ten, perhaps as early as this afternoon during the board meeting.

With that in mind, the Omaha World-Herald takes a look at how the meeting this afternoon may play out.

Public comment: People can contribute their two cents’ worth during a comment period. Comments usually are limited to five minutes each. If a lot of people show up, testimony probably will be cut off after 30 minutes.

Closed doors: The board probably will call an executive session with UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and NU Athletic Director Tom Osborne to discuss the sensitive details of the university’s negotiations. Regents interviewed have numerous questions about the proposed switch, including what would be the timetable of a switch and the financial repercussions of leaving the Big 12; whether Nebraska’s academic and research standing would benefit from the move; and whether Nebraska’s academic agreements with other Big 12 universities — such as its contract for veterinary instruction with Iowa State — would be damaged by a switch.

Presentation: Perlman and Osborne are expected to make a public presentation about the university’s options.

Decision time: The board will publicly discuss and vote on a resolution on whether to stay or go.

If the regents give a thumbs up to the Big Ten, it will then be up to that conference to give the thumbs up back.  As noted by the World-Herald, a nod of approval of the current Big Ten members would likely be a mere formality if it’s reached the point where regents are voting on a conference switch.

So, somewhere in the neighborhood of four hours from now, the Big Ten could very well have 12 teams.  And the Big 12 could be down to ten teams.

Only in a world where Mike Garrett is still gainfully employed does that make much sense.

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  1. SkinsDevil says: Jun 11, 2010 12:34 PM

    and only in that same, Garrett-employed world does it make sense to have this story tagged with Oklahoma Sooners, but not with Nebraska Cornhuskers

  2. grandavenue says: Jun 11, 2010 12:39 PM

    “Nebraska is leaving the Big XII to join the Big 12.”
    Can’t wait. Long time coming. All these changes are needed. Balance out the system!

  3. sonicjizzmopper says: Jun 11, 2010 12:47 PM

    When the teams move conferences, how soon before they are members and start playing in conference games?

  4. chargerrich says: Jun 11, 2010 12:54 PM

    While the Big 10, PAC 10 and SEC commissioners are all playing chess, Dan Beebee the B12 designated secretary and clown has been playing checkers.
    Big 12 implosion incoming…
    Nebraska, Mizzou, Rutgers, Notre Dame to Big 10
    Texas, Texas Tech, OU, Ok State and one TBD (if TAM does not go) to PAC 10
    Texas AM, VTech, GTech and KU to SEC
    KSU, ISU, Baylor to Mountain West
    Were done here…

  5. TB3 says: Jun 11, 2010 1:42 PM

    So now the “old Big XII” can just trade names with the “old Big Ten”.

  6. grandavenue says: Jun 11, 2010 2:10 PM

    to Sonic
    the Big XII has by-laws that allow teams to give 2 year notice of exit with a lesser exit penalty.
    They could however, make a inter-conference agreement to start in 2011.

  7. wwwwfour says: Jun 11, 2010 2:40 PM

    I hoping this is really all about wrestling and girl’s volleyball, because I don’t see how Neb helps its tradition by being one among very many in the Big 10. There is no guarantee that they will eclipse OSU or Penn State, or Michigan when it rights its ship. Then you have to worry about Iowa. It’s not like Neb heavily recruits from this new territory. And Neb having righted its ship in the Big 12 North wants to give all that up. I hope someone checks on Bob Devaney – he must be rolling in his grave.

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