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Nitt Links welcomes the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the B1G conference

Submitted by on July 1, 2011No Comment

It’s official, as of midnight last night, Nebraska became the newest member of the Big Ten conference. For the first time since the addition of Penn State in 1992-’93, the Big Ten conference will expand it’s membership to include the Cornhuskers and it’s 21 athletic teams.

It’s hard to find a better match than Nebraska to the Big Ten. On the gridiron, the addition of Nebraska gives the Big Ten 4 of the Top 7 winningest programs in the nation. From its famed ‘Sea of Red’ at Memorial Stadium – sellout streak, 300 games and counting, to it’s legendary athletic director Tom Osborne, Nebraska now joins a conference whose tradition is already bursting at the seams.

And let’s not forget the volleyball landscape that will be forever altered competitively with the addition of the Cornhusker women’s volleyball team, an annual mainstay in the Final Four and winners of 3 national titles since ’95. Penn State will now gain the competitive advantage of facing Nebraska twice during conference play; both at home and away.

Don’t let the lack of pomp and circumstance of today’s date fool you though, Nebraska to the Big Ten is a seismic event for a league that has largely defied realignment having altered its membership just 4 times prior to the invitation of Nebraska. In fact, 6 of the (now) 12 current members of the Big Ten were the original founders of the league back in 1896, a true testament to the stability and tradition that membership in the Big Ten affords.

And though the athletic benefit of Big Ten membership will be most visible, the inherent academic advantage of Nebraska joining the conference, and thereby it’s academic arm, the CIC cannot be understated. The invitation-only academic consortium allows league members to collaborate academically increasing competitive advantage of its member institutions. From serving as a library and scholar exchange, allowing members to borrow and share faculty and library resources reducing staff poaching, to full credit reciprocity between the schools (Credits at Penn State will be fully accepted by Michigan, and vice versa), the CIC will remain one of the most underrated benefits of Nebraska’s membership.

Since 1992, the extensive growth of Penn State’s research and graduate programs can be largely attributed to it’s membership and benefits of the CIC.

So while we officially welcome Nebraska and it’s rabid fan base to the Big Ten Conference, the academic possibilities of shared research with the Cornhuskers and it’s extensive actuarial science and agriculture programs is far more exciting.

Quick Hits. … Chip Brown takes an extensive look back at the Big 12 Missile Crisis and the realignment that led to Nebraska’s B1G membership today. … It was actually ESPN’s insulting lowball offer to the Big Ten that led to the birth of the Big Ten Network and the ensuing conference alignment chaos.

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