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Perlman hopes to begin Big Ten athletics by 2011
Posted by: Brian Christopherson on June 11, 2010 at 1:58PM CST

Harvey Perlman just told the University of Nebraska regents that he would hope to begin athletic intergration with the Big Ten by 2011, competing just one more season in the Big 12.

“I will today ask you to authorize the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to apply for membership into the Big Ten Conference," Perlman said.

A source tells the Journal Star to expect a press conference at 4:45 this afternoon.

Perlman said that while there has been "much public discussion and posturing" about how a move by Nebraska would destroy the Big 12, "I do not believe that we bear that responsibility. Oen school leaving a conference does not destroy a conference."

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Posted by: Gofor2 on June 11, 2010 2:02PM CST
Here's a good reason:

"Big 10 schools performed $6.4 billion in federally-funded scientific research last year."

Posted by: maltesehusker on June 11, 2010 2:05PM CST
Yes! I hope this happens!

Posted by: nipper on June 11, 2010 2:05PM CST
YES !!!!!

Posted by: BleedingRed on June 11, 2010 2:08PM CST
Exactly Gofor2,

It means opportunity, jobs, intellectual growth and so much more.

One of the things that I am most proud of when telling people about the University of Nebraska is that they actually educate their student athletes. Well over 99% of all College student athletes will someday go to work just as you and I.

The best gift that any University can give to those student athletes is an education whereby someday those persons will be able to readily take care of their family and live the American dream as so many other have been able to do.

In that respect this is one of the greatest days that I can recall for the University of Nebraska, the faculty, the student body and the State of Nebraska.

It is HUGE!

Thank you very, very much to those from the Big 10 that moved the offer forward.

Posted by: LosSantosKid on June 11, 2010 2:11PM CST
2011 is perfect...

Posted by: From The General on June 11, 2010 2:14PM CST
Bo Pelini:" I just want to say Nebraska's back, and we're here to stay."

Posted by: fartboy1975 on June 11, 2010 2:18PM CST
Besides all that intellectual mumbo jumbo, it means the Big Red whooping up on the Big 10 and adding more trophies to the trophy case in Lincoln. GBR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, and we are still going to take recruits from Texas as well hahahaha.

Posted by: Barnabas on June 11, 2010 2:22PM CST
2011 would also mean not having to go into Texas anymore, unless we want to.

Posted by: BleedingRed on June 11, 2010 2:25PM CST
I would really like to hear from Coach Pelini(s) and the rest of the staff regarding their thoughts on this matter.

I assume that they were consulted and are substantially if not universally in approval of this move.

I would still like to hear their thoughts though.

Posted by: Outside The Box on June 11, 2010 2:33PM CST
Bleeding - Per Osborne, the coaches and assistants from ALL sports were polled on Ten vs XII and it was 100% in favor of the Big 10.

Posted by: charger on June 11, 2010 2:34PM CST
TO made the comment that he polled/surveied the Athletic Department 2X about the possability of changing conferences and both times it came back they were 100% for the change.

Posted by: RedAether on June 11, 2010 2:34PM CST
"anyone anywhere" is probably the most applicable quote on record.

Posted by: charger on June 11, 2010 2:35PM CST
Dang OTB u are a quick :>)

Posted by: Husker_Heat on June 11, 2010 2:35PM CST
Y'now, technically we're still in a Big12 conference. It's just called the Big10.

Posted by: Doniphanhusker on June 11, 2010 2:37PM CST
Lets go out of the Big 12 as champions and National Champions. That would be a great way to enter the Big 10 next year.

Posted by: RedBall on June 11, 2010 2:38PM CST
Man state wide coverage of the games on the B10 network, YES BABY!!!!

Posted by: HuskerBruin on June 11, 2010 2:39PM CST
Perlman just redeemed himself in the hearts and minds of Husker Nation with that speech. Unbelievable.

Posted by: Robka on June 11, 2010 2:42PM CST
So the TRUTH finally comes out. It was TEXAS that refused to give a long term commitment to the Big 12 & thus Nebraska positioned themselves for long term stability in academics and athletics. Suck on that one 4 everyone that wants to blame the Corn for the soon 2 b demise of the Big 12.



Posted by: BleedingRed on June 11, 2010 2:44PM CST
Outstanding guys!!!!!!!!!!

I thought that it would be a substantial vote in favor but to have 100% in favor is unbelievable. Twice no less.

UNL has handled this process in an exceptional manner.

Kudos to everyone involved.

I already had long ago but for the record I completely forgive Mr. Perlman and sincerely believe that his previous learning opportunities had to have contributed in some way to how well this has been handled.

We are fortunate that he was around to guide us through what must have been a difficult process.

Posted by: HuskerBruin on June 11, 2010 2:44PM CST
Let's put Perlman's speech on a plaque in front of Memorial Stadium, ala Tebow's speech.

Posted by: Denver Bob on June 11, 2010 2:46PM CST
Bleeding Red.....

TO said that the NU coaches in every sport were 100% behind moving to the Big 10.

Posted by: JTHF on June 11, 2010 2:46PM CST
Texass will probably deny they only wanted a short term committment. This is going to be an exciting time for UNL. I was very impressed with Perlman's and Tom's presentations. GO HUSKERS and our new conference !!

Posted by: BleedingRed on June 11, 2010 2:48PM CST
I would really like to view footage of the responses if anyone has a link that they can post.

Posted by: Robka on June 11, 2010 2:56PM CST
I knew was trying 2 spin this in a way that made Nebraska look like the bad guy. Now let's hear Texas fans pop off. So KU, ISU, KSU know the truth and Texas can't hide behind there media spin anymore. My Alma Mater has excellent leadership in place right now and I have never been more proud to be a Cornhusker.


Posted by: HuskerInCO on June 11, 2010 2:56PM CST
What was Perlman's speech?

Posted by: AlSt on June 11, 2010 2:57PM CST
This is my apology to Harvey Perlman for everything I said about him 6/7 years ago regarding Steve 'Satan' Pederson. Harvey I take it all back. You finished it and Texas knows you finished it. You can't see me, but you are getting a standing ovation.

Posted by: Fitzy on June 11, 2010 4:02PM CST
I could not care less how Texas or their fans feel about Nebraska leaving the Big 12. If they are so ignorant that they cannot see why NU is leaving, I rest my case. Texas wanted it all for themselves and now they have it... Texas is not a "team" player and Nebraska was not going to continue on that path... Texas wanted their own personal Network... Why would they not want to support a Big 12 Network instead? Because they want it all for themselves... Nebraska had no reason to carry on in a conference that very well might have let that happen, where Texas gets their own TV deal and the rest of the league was left to pick up scraps... the whole thing is ludicrous. Now they want to whine about Nebraska leaving and ruining their monarchy... too damn bad. You wanted it all, now you have it all and can move forward accordingly. If Nebraska was so insignificant, why all the whining now? Texas is so great they don't need Nebraska... Deal with it.


Posted by: Miller on June 11, 2010 4:05PM CST
Fitzy, I so agree!

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