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Nebraska nears Big Ten decision

OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska could be on its way to the Big Ten by Friday, which could lead to the Big 12 becoming the first casualty of the money-driven new world of college sports realignment.

The Nebraska Board of Regents on Wednesday amended the agenda for a previously scheduled Friday meeting to include a briefing from chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Tom Osborne on conference alignment. The regents could vote to leave the Big 12.

ESPN reported that Osborne has informed some staff members that the Cornhuskers would make the move to the Big Ten. But Osborne said a decision has not been finalized, and he declined comment when asked whether the Big Ten had formally invited Nebraska.

The university denied media reports that regents met informally Wednesday and agreed to a move to the Big Ten.

"The conjecture and all the intensity surrounding it is not positive," regent Jim McClurg said. "Everybody needs to know and has a right to know."

The Big 12 reportedly has given Nebraska and Missouri a Friday deadline to affirm their commitment to the league.

The Big Ten announced late last year it was considering adding at least one school, and possibly more, to allow for a lucrative league championship game in football and broaden the reach of its cable television network.

Big Ten schools received about $20 million a year in revenue; Nebraska took in $10 million from the Big 12.

The Cornhuskers, with their football tradition and fan base, were viewed as a key component to the Big 12's survival.

"The conjecture and all the intensity surrounding it is not positive . . . so I think it's important to get a decision done," McClurg told reporters in Nebraska.

The Pac-10 is set to offer membership to another Big 12 school, Colorado, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Both schools would join their new leagues in 2012-13, giving the Big 12 two years' notice, which would cost Nebraska and Colorado 50 percent of their conference revenue in that span.

That may be just the beginning of the upheaval. The Pac-10 is prepared to extend invitations to five more Big 12 teams: Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Baylor has been lobbying in the Texas Legislature for inclusion with its fellow Texas schools in the expanded Pac-16. For now, Baylor would remain in the Big 12 with Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri, which had hoped for a Big Ten bid.

The Big 12 has tentatively planned a conference call Monday to discuss the future with its remaining members.

fsu won't pursue recruit: The Seminoles reportedly will not pursue touted prep defensive back Demar Dorsey, who won't be admitted to Michigan in a decision by the university's office of undergraduate admissions. Dorsey, from Lauderdale Lakes High, had been a verbal commitment to Florida, with FSU and Southern Cal also interested, when the Wolverines convinced him to change his commitment.

USC investigation: Southern Cal will respond today to the NCAA's findings after its investigation into possible violations by the Trojans' football and men's basketball programs, ESPN reported. The NCAA infractions committee held a hearing in February in which USC presented its responses to allegations of NCAA violations. Results of the report have been expected for several weeks.

QB out at Oregon: Suspended Ducks QB Jeremiah Masoli was kicked off the team, two days after a police officer cited him for marijuana possession and driving infractions.

Izzo talks about Cavs: Michigan State's Tom Izzo told his basketball team he has talked to the NBA's Cavaliers about their coaching vacancy, imploring his players to concentrate on their classes and workouts to get better on and off the court, MSU associate head coach Mark Montgomery said. Izzo did not tell the Spartans he was leaving to take the Cavaliers job.

UK, Irish to meet: Kentucky and Notre Dame will meet in basketball at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., when they meet Dec. 8 as part of the SEC/Big East Invitational.

track: Florida's Christian Taylor won the triple jump at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore., recording the best mark this year (56 feet, 1 inch).

kansas: An internal investigation cleared athletic director Lew Perkins of wrongdoing in connection with the free use of exercise equipment.

Nebraska nears Big Ten decision 06/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 11:55pm]
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