Being from Mizzou it is understandable that this would confuse you, you guys have always been slow on the uptake. The AAU is a biased group that does not see USDA funding and Ag funding as research, we have an Agriculture Campus nearly the Size of Mizzou's entire campus. Secondly the AAU did not recognize UNMC as part of the NU system. The hospital is its own research entitity separate from UNL, thus not counted."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.
The reason we were chosen, is we are by far the superior team to Missouri, you had some limited success when we had coaching issues. But your overall modern record vs NU is dismal. Oh yes one more little bit of trivia for you, since 1960 Nebraska has the winningest record in the NCAA, we have five national Championships, and have 3 Heisman winners. As for media markets, NUs fan base transcends states.
The primary reason you were not chosen is that Missouri is at best average, on the field, Hide behind your AAU info and arbitrary stats. you might be great in the classroom but you suck on the field. Good luck looking to Turner Gill and KU.