Category Archives: UNL

Big 12 North Champions, Again

Nebraska is now back-to-back champions of the Big 12 North.

This means that Nebraska will play in the last scheduled Big 12 Championship game. With our departing our ancient sisters in the old Missouri Valley and leaving to the old Western Conference, the Big 12 falls below the treshhold required to hold a championship game.

With yesterday’s victory by Oklahoma over Oklahoma State, that last game will be played by ancient rivals OU and NU… the way it should end.

Go Huskers!

Go Big Red(s)

Nebraska beat Idaho, but even better was South Dakota defeating Minnesota!

South Dakota was beaten soundly by the University of Central Florida 38-7 last week. The Gophers were supposed to use their game against South Dakota to build confidence going into their game against USC.

South Dakota had only moved up to the FCS level three years ago and their starting quarterback, Dante Warren, was making only his second start. How could the Coyotes possibly upset the Gophers on the road?

The answer was by smashing Minnesota soundly in the mouth.

Go Big Red(s)!

Nebraska joins CIC

This may be the real pay-off of Nebraska joining the Big 10 Athletic Conference:

The CIC is a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. The CIC leverages faculty, funding, facilities, investments and ideas to help the collective whole compete and succeed. Among its core projects are library collections and access; technology collaborations to build capacity at reduced costs; leveraging purchasing and licensing through economies of scale; leadership and development programs for faculty and staff; course-sharing mechanisms by which students may take courses at other consortium institutions; and study-abroad collaborations. For more information about the CIC, go to http://www.cic.net/Home.aspx.

Perlman said UNL would formally accept the invitation. UNL’s full membership in the CIC begins July 1, 2011 — the same time the university officially joins the Big Ten Conference.

“The CIC will be working with our academic leaders and faculty during the coming year to connect UNL with the resources and networks of the CIC,” Perlman wrote. “Kudos to all of you who have worked so hard over the last several years to put our academic programs in a position to be so recognized.”

In the invitation letter, the Big Ten provosts wrote that UNL “will be an excellent fit with our academic values, collaborative spirit and strategic initiatives.”

Perlman noted that many UNL faculty have ties to the Big Ten and CIC schools. More than 300 UNL faculty have received their highest degree from a Big Ten institution, plus 13 more from the University of Chicago. Approximately 30 percent of UNL’s tenure-line faculty earned their highest degree at a CIC institution.

Go Big Red!

The Life of the World to Come

The Big 12 Conference (which was the Big 8 Conference before we let Texas in, and before that the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) is dying. Colorado has already left, and the Texans will leave within days, but the fatal blow was our own: Nebraska has petitioned, and been accepted, for membership in the Big Ten Conference.

This is a big day. This is a sad day, as we have a long history playing against local teams such as Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas, and Missouri. We do not know what will happen to these Big 12 orphans. It is heartbreaking to read headlines like, “Is this the worst day in Kansas City sports history?”

A history of the last century of conference switches is available online, though this particular one relies on behind-the-scene moves by Rupert Murdoch, Missouri, and the Texans. Murdoch, in his effort to fight ESPN, has used his “Fox Sports Network” to create a series of affiliated regional networks. The most successful of these is the Big 10 Network, which brings Cable TV money to college sports. In part because of the Big 10 Network, the yearly pay-out in the Big 10 is about $20 million, instead of around $10 million for teams in the Big 12. (For their part, the Texas are arrogant jerks, and Missouri is in purgatory for ironically sparking this destruction by attempting to join the Big 10 itself.)

Academically, the big news is that Nebraska is also slated to join the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the academic arm of the Big Ten. Here are the press release’s bullet points:

  • Big Ten universities attract 12 percent of all federal research funding annually. They grant 14.5 percent of all doctoral degrees conferred in the U.S. each year and 25 percent of all agricultural doctorates each year.
  • UNL would be considered for membership in the prestigious Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. The CIC leverages faculty, funding, facilities, investments and ideas to help the collective whole compete and succeed. Among its core projects are library collections and access; technology collaborations to build capacity at reduced costs; leveraging purchasing and licensing through economies of scale; leadership and development programs for faculty and staff; course-sharing mechanisms by which students may take courses at other consortium institutions; and study-abroad collaborations.
  • The Big Ten is the only NCAA Division I conference whose members all belong to the Association of American Universities, as does Nebraska.
  • Of UNL’s 10 peer institutions (by which it compares itself), five are Big Ten members (University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, Ohio State University and Purdue University).
  • The ability to recruit faculty would be enhanced. UNL already competes with Big Ten and other institutions to attract high-quality faculty; UNL would be able to offer access to CIC and other opportunities afforded by Big Ten affiliation. Similarly, new Ph.D.s and other graduates from Nebraska would find their opportunities widened through Big Ten collaborations.
  • Research collaborations with faculty at other institutions, already important and under way, would increase.
  • UNL’s alignment with the Big Ten will open doors to new investors, entrepreneurs and others interested in expanding regional and national markets through opportunities presented by Nebraska Innovation Campus, Perlman said.

Goodbye Big 12. Hello Big Ten.

Nebraska Defeats Colorado

Colorado only lost by 8, thanks to a lucky series of Hail Maries that we didn’t bother to defend against (as time was expiring).

Reading the Colorado an blog Ralphie Report, I enjoyed this synopsis of everything that they did wrong:

The Buffs were able to get the ball back and drive down to the Nebraska 15 yard line with about five minutes left but, once again, the team shot themselves in the foot. This drive is a microcosm of the inadequacies this team displays on a weekly basis:

Play 1 – quick zero yard pass to Simas in bounds while the Buffs are down 14 points. You have to go up field there considering your timeout situation and only five minutes on the clock. At least a play out of bounds. Before that play, the Buffs took their second timeout of the second half, leaving them with only one. The play call of a small flip pass to Simas after the timeout is mind boggling. 
Play 2 – incomplete pass. Now 3rd and 10 from the 15 yard line
Play 3 – delay of game, five yard penalty. Now 3rd and 15 from the 20 yard line.
Play 4 – false start, five yard penalty. Now 3rd and 20 from the 25 yard line.
Play 5 – pass incomplete. Now 4th and 20 from the 25 yard line
Play 6 – timeout, their second of the drive without gaining a yard since having the ball 1st & 10 and last timeout of the half. 
Play 7 – interception

Now, on to Texas, for the Big 12 Championship Game!