Nebraska has entered its tenth major league tenth season. Since the relocation of the Big Twelve, it has played 78 league games (lost 38 games). But the school continues to act as if it doesn’t know how to become a cohesive member.
Are Cornhuskers slow-learning, deafening, militant, or still insisting on the outdated sense of blue blood rights?
Maybe all of the above. Because we are here again, there is another case of why Nebraska cannot get along with the Big Ten.
They certainly didn’t read the Big Ten rooms very keenly this week and found another way to write off everyone except Ohio State agents. Due to the team’s COVID-19 problem, after they lost in the upcoming game against Wisconsin, the Nutshell team once again responded to adversity with a critical attitude. Then tried to underestimate the rules of the alliance. Then, when everyone said again: “What happened to these people?”
Crucial: Some fans said that the Wisconsin game should be confiscated, rather than announcing “not participating in the game” because (technically speaking at the thinnest level) the team could have tried the game. By Thursday, when Wisconsin reports three other positive tests, the situation may change.
Then the situation got worse. Husker Sports, a Nebraska-based IMG broadcasting subsidiary, published a poll that stupidly hinted at a conspiracy against the school. “If the roles are reversed and the Nutshell team has (six) players and (six) staff participating in the active test, will the game be played on Saturday?” Of course, this is based on the idea that The Big Ten offices fixed it in Nebraska by giving it a tough early timetable. The permanent victims of the plan in 2020 are indeed one thing.
The poll was eventually deleted, but it was not deleted until after a long time.
At the same time, the Nebraska government engaged in a real battle with Chattanooga on Saturday. Only after reaching an agreement to pay a reportedly US$200,000 to US$250,000 in game fees to FCS schools did the team members begin to ask the Big Ten countries if anyone is willing to change the previously agreed 2020 non-conference game rules.
The request was submitted to the chairman and committee members of the alliance on a pre-scheduled conference call on Thursday. It was driven back to Lincoln at an alarming rate without a formal vote. No one else is in favor of launching the latest Nebraska Power Tour.
This led the school to issue a series of statements trying to justify the decision, which made other members of the league wonder what the Nebraska deal was. It contains some gems.
Start with this sentence: “We have discussions with the testing team that has implemented a more stringent testing protocol than the testing protocol authorized by the Ten Conference.” Shooting in the league test? It seems so.
Next step: “In our plan, young people work hard to prepare for the football season and make the necessary sacrifices to play in this unusual environment. As the season has been shortened, we owe student athletes to explore this week Any possible choice for the competition.” Including the payment of up to $250,000 in boasting prizes, which began more than two months after the disbandment of 51 sports department staff. Want to know how they feel about cash outlays when they don’t receive a salary at home?
In addition, do we believe that Nebraska will work hard for other sports? Or is this just a necessary condition for football matches?
Here’s the thing: “We think that playing non-conference games flexibly is not only good for Nebraska, but also good for other top ten teams that may be progressing similarly this season. If needed, all top ten members can play non-conference games. Conference games, which can provide another data point for college football playoffs and bowling considerations.” Ah, Nebraska is trying to sell this product here to find the league’s best interest.
Yes, because breaking into the FCS punching bag is just the data point needed to make the playoffs. A team that can (and is willing) to schedule the game immediately will not help anyone with anything other than the total number of wins. (There is not even the lowest total number of wins to consider participating in a bowl game this year, so let’s talk about the main points.)
Nebraska participated in the Chattanooga Summit with great fanfare and was seriously misled by saying, “Whatever you do,” for any expectation that the meeting was about to take place. Compared with the top ten loyalists in 2020, this school is more like an adversary.
When the season was postponed to August, it complained loudly. This is the first school to publicly state that it will look for playing outside the league. In the process of promoting the game, it shook all available sabers, even including prosecuting some players from the Big Ten.
Then, after the meeting changed direction, Nebraska complained about the meeting schedule. This is equivalent to a prisoner in solitary confinement begging for a glass of water, sending it out, and then saying, “Wait, where is the ice?”
In the first game on Saturday, Scott Frost often wore a mask around his neck to coach and signaled the conference office. That kind of visual effect clamored for stubbornness and arrogance, and other coaches in the league made sincere efforts to comply with the mask rules. Let us remember that since joining the league, this man has a record of 9 wins and 16 losses. In terms of winning respect, he is not Kirk Ferentz.
Look, this makes Wisconsin games unplayable and smelly. It was a difficult breakthrough, not Nebraska’s fault. But in the most unfair year for everyone on the planet, you must work hard. Some points are necessary.
In college football, Nebraska can find examples of how to become an outstanding league member. The COVID troubles in Florida put the Southeast Conference agenda at a deadlock, and everyone dealt with it. The Big Twelve Summit and the Atlantic Coast Conference have several postponements to deal with, and no one is rogue in doing so.
That’s what alliance members do. They cooperate with each other.
Many people around the Big Ten will open the door to Nebraska and make them take a step back. But they did not go anywhere that could be lucrative and/or geographically good.
Back to Big 12? This requires a sense of humility that Nebraska does not seem to possess, returning to the hustle and bustle of ten years ago. The biggest rift is the perception that Texas is absolutely domineering and powerless. Now you start to doubt.
Nebraska, maybe, if a school has a meeting relationship problem for the second time in ten years, it’s your problem.