Huskers happy with switch

Huskers happy with switch

There are 24 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 30, 2011, titled Huskers happy with switch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Less than a month after officially joining the Big Ten, the Nebraska Cornhuskers already feel at home in their new league.

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Since: Sep 09

Springfield, OH

#1 Jul 30, 2011
Here's hoping for Nebraska's sake that they suddenly don't develop a propensity to play .500 against the MAC and Division-II opponents and/or get throttled in bowl games, particularly against the SEC. These are all Big-10 afflictions that perhaps the Cornhuskers can help the conference overcome? And by the way, when they refer to Nebraska vs Iowa as a "Real Barn-Burner" will they mean that literally?

A strange new era begins with The Legends & Leaders division, a new entrant in Nebraska, no more Vest, a new coach at Michigan, and a Big Ten Championship game. Television executives couldn't be happier.

I hope the rest of us will eventually feel the same way.

Since: Mar 11

Portage, MI

#2 Jul 30, 2011
John in Worthington wrote:
Here's hoping for Nebraska's sake that they suddenly don't develop a propensity to play .500 against the MAC and Division-II opponents and/or get throttled in bowl games, particularly against the SEC. These are all Big-10 afflictions that perhaps the Cornhuskers can help the conference overcome? And by the way, when they refer to Nebraska vs Iowa as a "Real Barn-Burner" will they mean that literally?
A strange new era begins with The Legends & Leaders division, a new entrant in Nebraska, no more Vest, a new coach at Michigan, and a Big Ten Championship game. Television executives couldn't be happier.
I hope the rest of us will eventually feel the same way.
I firmly believe that the "arms race" is on (it actually started with the BCS) in college football and teams/conferences that donít keep up will become less and less relevant (ND is really being threatened). All this change and turmoil while unsettling to fans is as you said what drives viewership and therefore money. I do believe Jim Delaney is a really smart guy and has positioned the conference in a great position given the environment.

I am trying to embrace the change and is some ways the chance of getting beat by stronger members in the conference excites me. I also believe it will make the individual members stronger (I just read that IU got the top high school QB!) and given the strength of high school ball in Ohio, OSU is in a great position to stay on top of the hill IF they manage well and leverage this advantage.

Keep posting great stuff!
Stuck in the Stone Age

Atlanta, GA

#3 Jul 30, 2011
John in Worthington wrote:
Here's hoping for Nebraska's sake that they suddenly don't develop a propensity to play .500 against the MAC and Division-II opponents and/or get throttled in bowl games, particularly against the SEC. These are all Big-10 afflictions that perhaps the Cornhuskers can help the conference overcome? And by the way, when they refer to Nebraska vs Iowa as a "Real Barn-Burner" will they mean that literally?
A strange new era begins with The Legends & Leaders division, a new entrant in Nebraska, no more Vest, a new coach at Michigan, and a Big Ten Championship game. Television executives couldn't be happier.
I hope the rest of us will eventually feel the same way.
Wisconsin + Nebraska = Red Dawn, Midwest version, for TOSU. No reason to not fear the Buckeyes becoming an afterthought, as Penn State has become.....

Since: Feb 08

Mechanicsburg, PA

#4 Jul 30, 2011
Stuck in the Stone Age wrote:
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Wisconsin + Nebraska = Red Dawn, Midwest version, for TOSU. No reason to not fear the Buckeyes becoming an afterthought, as Penn State has become.....
Your not stuck in the stone age. Look down- your stuck knee deep in bull manure
Brutus

United States

#5 Jul 30, 2011
Stuck in the Stone Age wrote:
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Wisconsin + Nebraska = Red Dawn, Midwest version, for TOSU. No reason to not fear the Buckeyes becoming an afterthought, as Penn State has become.....
WISC is still trying to recover from losing to TCU. Nebraska hasn't been good since Tom Osborne was coaching.
Big_TEN_Husker_F an

Denver, PA

#6 Jul 30, 2011
What an exciting year for the Huskers!!!!!
My Family showing our Husker Spirit!
Hail Hail

Clinton Township, MI

#7 Jul 30, 2011
Nebraska is a good addition to the Big Ten. It came as something of a surprise- over the past few years, I'd most often heard Missouri mentioned as the most likely addition. Now I hear rumors of possible future expansion to 14 teams. I'm not so sure that's a good idea.

As a Michigan alum, I can empathize with what the Nebraska program has been through in recent years. They hired a coach who was going to revolutionize their offense and suddenly found that they could no longer play effective defense. They had 70 points hung on them a couple of times. A more than 30-year streak with no losing season and yearly bowl appearances ended. They canned the coach, got back to playing Nebraska football, and everything straightened out. It all sounds very familiar.

Welcome, Cornhuskers, see you in Ann Arbor in November. I wish we didn't have to play you the week before OSU. That's going to be a tough finish to the season!
Papa Joe

Atlanta, GA

#8 Jul 30, 2011
Jopa-n wrote:
<quoted text>Your not stuck in the stone age. Look down- your stuck knee deep in bull manure
I know the feeling, I know the feeling.....
Stuck in the Stone Age

Atlanta, GA

#9 Jul 30, 2011
Big_TEN_Husker_Fan wrote:
What an exciting year for the Huskers!!!!!
My Family showing our Husker Spirit!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =k7ULRmKBaggXX
Will be a great storyline when Bo faces off against his alma mater.....
casey d jax fl

Jacksonville, FL

#10 Jul 30, 2011
Welcome nebraska its great to have you in the Big 10 adding to the great history and tradition of the conference. It is going to be great watching OSU vs nebraska and watching nebraksa vs michigan and when nebraska and penn st play. Wow growing up watching Big 10 football who would have though one day we would add not only penn state but now one of the greatest programs in the history of college football nebraska. Now if we could only get notre dame to join what a conference we would have. I have always respected nebraska football. Esp the run they had in the 90's they sure had some great teams. And because I live in florida one of my favorite games watching was the 96 nat title game when nebraska stomped florida. Even before OSU played them i never could stand florida or the fans. Before the game thats all you heard was a bunch of corn feed boys from the midwest cant hang with the speed from florida. Cant wait for the season to start welcome nebraska and you great fan base. Go Bucks!!!!!!!
Brent Datant

San Francisco, CA

#11 Jul 30, 2011
I am darn sure we are gonna go into Lincoln and F these guys up pretty bad.
djbuck

Youngstown, OH

#12 Jul 30, 2011
This was a move of destiny.If anyone still has an August 20th 1996 copy of The Sporting News,
(Orlando Pace on the cover), there was an article talking about the B12 and how it wouldn't work.
It had rumblings then on how Neb. was better suited for the B10 and Colorado in the P12.
I think in the next couple years both B12 and BEast will implode as conferences.
WV is headed to the ACC. Maryland and Pitt could very well be B10 members.
I also think Texas will be in the B10.
They came close and were actually announced as such along with A & M, as B10 members June 9th of last year by B12 news organizations.
Oklahoma would be a great fit too. I think of them just like Neb., as a midwest school.
It would be great to get the Neb.- Okla.rivalry back. It was more prominent than the
Red River Rivalry nationally.
We'll see what happans.
Cleaves

Curitiba, Brazil

#13 Jul 30, 2011
I finally figured out why Nebraska is so comfortable in the Big Ten. They'll experience no more southern accents from the majority of away game fans. They'll hear no more cattledrive whoops while visiting another stadium. The climate socially, as well as atmospherically, will feel almost like home to Nebraska fans and players, even when on the road. Welcome to the B1G, Nebraska!
OHwest

Peoria, AZ

#14 Jul 30, 2011
Nebraska is real happy that they won't have to play Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas. Instead they get to play in the Big Ten and get OSU at home.
Byron the Bexley Cat

Zanesville, OH

#15 Jul 30, 2011
"Nebraska is a good addition to the Big Ten. It came as something of a surprise- over the past few years, I'd most often heard Missouri mentioned as the most likely addition."

I may be a cat, but the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten (or whatever number we're up to now) perplexes me. First, when seeking a new member, the conference mandated that it must be a member of the Association of American Universities to underscore its academic pedigree. The AAU booted Nebraska out in May (the first institution so ousted by the group) because of its weakness in research funding and faculty accomplishment. Missouri has been a member of the AAU since 1908, and still is. Nebraska isn't even in U. S. News and World Report's top 100 ranking of universities; Missouri is. Nebraska has a storied football tradition, but that's about it for athletics, with only national prominence in mostly gymnastics, volleyball, and ... bowling (the non-football kind). There's a rumor Nebraska fields a men's basketball team, but I've been unable to verify it. Meanwhile, Missouri has had recent consistent success in football, basketball, and soccer. Nebraska has no real natural geographic rivals within the Big Ten other than Iowa. Missouri does with both Iowa and, especially, Illinois. However, what is truly perplexing, given college athletics' obsession with television revenue (especially so the Big Ten) is that Nebraska's population is about equal to that of Whitehall combined with Groveport, and the entire state is listed as number 107 among national media markets. By contrast, St. Louis is no. 21, Kansas City no. 31. I simply don't see how the addition of Nebraska rather than Missouri makes any sense, fiscal or otherwise, other than bringing Nebraska's football tradition into the conference (as if the Big Ten doesn't have enough already). But, then, being a cat, I am partial to Tigers, and I am, of course, a Northwestern fan. Gotta go, time for my pre-lunch nap.
GATOR GARY

Saint Petersburg, FL

#16 Jul 30, 2011
John in Worthington wrote:
Here's hoping for Nebraska's sake that they suddenly don't develop a propensity to play .500 against the MAC and Division-II opponents and/or get throttled in bowl games, particularly against the SEC. These are all Big-10 afflictions that perhaps the Cornhuskers can help the conference overcome? And by the way, when they refer to Nebraska vs Iowa as a "Real Barn-Burner" will they mean that literally?
A strange new era begins with The Legends & Leaders division, a new entrant in Nebraska, no more Vest, a new coach at Michigan, and a Big Ten Championship game. Television executives couldn't be happier.
I hope the rest of us will eventually feel the same way.
Jimmy Crum the radio broadcaster of the OSU basketball teams in the 60,(Lucus, Havlachech, etc) came up with that phrase "A REAL BARNBURNER", please give him credit for it and also give credit to Fred Taylor the OSU basketabll coacc that put the Buckeyes in 4 finaal 4s and won 1 NC and OSU treated him like dirt when they fired him and hired Eldon Miller!
Big Red

Wichita, KS

#17 Jul 30, 2011
Byron the Bexley Cat-
A lot of your post is extremely misleading. If you are talking about athletic depts between Mizzou & Nebraska its not close. About a year ago I wrote in to this newspaper when one of the writers had a couple articles about this subject and all you have to do is compare the schools over the last year, last 5 years, since the inception of the Big XII, and all time on any of the following criteria: national championships (all sports), conference championships (all sports), Director's cup rankings, athletic budget, or really anything and Nebraska is the undeniably stronger school and I still have that spreadsheet if you are unconvinced.

Furthermore, while the most recent US New Reports Rankings have Mizzou ahead of NU, that wasn't the case a year ago when the Big Ten was making expansion decisions. NU was also an AAU member at the time (one of the original members I might add) and their membership wasn't up for review either. The reason their membership was broken off was because of the trifecta of the medical school being separated from UNL, the argicultural research was not considered either, and the political charge from the University of Texas.

Finally, while you mention the KC and STL markets, you ignore that STL was already a Big Ten market. The KC market might be somewhat of an addition, but the KC metro and the state of Nebraska are the same size (1.8 million). And even then, anyone from the area knows that KC is a very dominant KU market, although there is some representation from Mizzou, Nebraska, and KState.
GATOR GARY

Saint Petersburg, FL

#18 Jul 30, 2011
Rumor here in the SEC that Oklahoma and Texas AM want to join the SEC. Nebraska will be good fit for the BIG Ten. But should not they change their name to the BIG 12. No wonder are kids are bad in Math. They think that 12 equals 10.
Az_Husker

Tucson, AZ

#19 Jul 30, 2011
Brent Datant wrote:
I am darn sure we are gonna go into Lincoln and F these guys up pretty bad.
I feel you may have your hopes up, with all the scandal and penalties, and getting your banned players back that week, you are in for a rude awakening. As a season ticket holder as a student I saw 2 home losses in 4 years. OSU has not been to lincoln in many years, tougher to win in Lincoln than Camp Randall.

You will be greeted warmly, no matter how the game turns out.

Hopefully our behaivor will be better than the attitude I got from OSU fans, I was in columbus for Business, during Michigan week, I went to Dave and Busters, near Hilliard off the 270. I wore my Husker colors to go watch our game on their TV's, I was treated very rudely. Very sad since we did not play each other, even though I respect and liked OSU, the fans that day however left such a bad taste in my Mouth, I have rooted for Michigan ever since.

I look forward to settling things on the field.

My Ohio friends took me to the Woody Hays Bar in Hilliard, very fun, Had to laugh at the passion you have for hating Michigan. The little Michigan flags painted in the urnials was too funny, had to take a pic of that. We NEVER hated Oklahoma that bad. The fried balogna sandwiches were strange but delicous.

Enjoy a steak at the Steak House in Lincoln, or Mistys.
Southern Buckeye

Stuart, FL

#20 Jul 30, 2011
Big Ten fans have a history of hostility toward it's opponents. Some coaches have contributed to that attitude. Hopefully with Nebraska entering the Big Ten with their fans showing good sportsmanship, OSU fans might mature and act like ladies and gentlemen!

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