Lawmakers Join Calls To Keep Big 12 Together

By: Cayle Thompson Email
By: Cayle Thompson Email

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

There are growing fears the days could be numbered for the Big 12 Conference.

Reports from Fox Sports Ohio say Nebraska has received an official invitation to join the Big 10, and could announce a decision within 48 hours. Other sports sites are reporting the invitation was accepted.

However, University of Nebraska officials say there has been no decision made.

Kansas' two largest schools, along with lawmakers, are urging Nebraska and Missouri to stay with the Big 12.

A letter from the Kansas Board of Regents to Nebraska and Missouri school officials asked the universities not to leave the conference.

"We are unwavering in our belief that the best course for K-State and KU is continued joint membership in the Big 12," the letter said, adding, "this issue is of paramount importance not only to our universities, their students and alumni, but also to our states."

Senators Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback echoed those sentiments.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Roberts said. "And it ain't broke."

"To potentially break through those ties goes beyond football and academics," Brownback said. "The Big 12 should stay together."

Officials say the impact of a Big 12 collapse could be tremendous, affecting student recruitment, finances, and more.

But Nebraska - seen by many as the scenario's lynch pin - says no decision has been made.

"There's really a lot of information we don't have right now," said Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne on Tuesday night. "So anything that I would say regarding Nebraska's position would be pure speculation at this point."

But it is speculation that is fueling so much concern. According to Fox Sports Ohio, Nebraska and Missouri refused to sign a loyalty pledge to the Big 12.

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