Reports coming in over the last few hours have stated that the board of regents of the University of Nebraska has decided to leave the Big 12 for the Big Ten. The announcement is expected to come this Friday.â†µ
Teddy Greenstein on Chicago Breaking Sports reports that the commissioner of the Big Ten, Jim Delaney, has said that expansion of the Big Ten will most likely come in phases. Nebraska’s admittance to the conference would be phase one, but Delaney’s comments leave open the possibility that the conference won’t stop at 12 teams.â†µ
From the same article, it appears that Nebraska’s decision to jump ship on the Big 12 may soon spell the complete end of that conference. Both the Big Ten and the Pac-10 have been circling around the barely breathing carcass of the Big 12 in recent weeks, and if Nebraska leaves the Big 12 (with Mizzou joining possibly soon after) then it’s expected that Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Colorado will join the Pac-10, effectively creating the Pac-16.