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)!
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.
Congratulations to the 2009 Nebraska Cornhuskers, for their 33-0 shut-out of Arizona in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.
Given how we played, it is as if Coach Bo Pelini said, “We have one of the best offenses in the country. Can we still beat Colorado, if defense and special teams gives them 21 points, by handing them the ball and diving out the way?”
The answer was yes.
The new BCS poll is out this week, and the good news is that 3 of the top 6 teams are in the Big 12 (and two of those are from the Big 12 North):
1. Ohio State
The bad news is that Kansas jumped from 8 to 4 on account of our Nebraska Cornhuskers’ record-breakingly bad performance. We have lost more games in a row than ever before, gave up more points in a half than ever before, and gave up more points total than ever before.
The question is should Coach Callahan and Defensive Coordinator Cosgrove be fired now, or stay on so this season is unambiguously theres.
From the Fire Callahan and Cosgrove side:
Coaching: 0 Kansas scored 19 points the last two weeks…they quadrupled that yesterday thanks to Coz’s defense and Callahan completely abandoning the running game to put the game completely in the hands of a first time starter at quarterback. Please guys… don’t damage your careers any more, just resign today.
Overall: F It’s over Bill. Coach Osborne, please call an audible and do what needs to be done now.
From the Let Callahan and Cosgrove hang perspective
Forget the idea that he (or Bill Callahan) should resign or be fired. He shouldn’t. He shouldn’t be let off the hook. At the end of the season, we can write about how this is the worst season in Nebraska’s history and it can be attributed to him without any asterisks attached. This becomes more important as times marches on. Think about that for a minute. When my sons are old enough to have their own kids, they can look in a record book somewhere and Kevin Cosgrove’s name will be attached to this season.
The best summary is from the NU v. KU open thread:
now witnessing the death throes of the Callasham regime.
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