I wasn’t ready.
I hadn’t yet addressed the looming Big Ten expansion here for a couple of reasons:
2) I thought we had a little time before things actually started happening.
And then things actually started happening. Specifically, the Pac-10 made it known that it was bent on absorbing every single D1 school west of the Mississippi River, and then the Big-12 panicked and issued an ultimatum to a few of its schools and then BANG Nebraska is in the Big Ten.
I think much of this stuff will shake out in the next couple weeks — if not the next couple days — that’s OK with me. I had resigned myself to the likelyhood that the Big Ten would expand a while ago, and while the potential for me being pissed off about how things work out is still pretty high, we’re at the point now where not expanding isn’t an option.
So the only thing that that this week’s activity blows up is a plan I had put together with my friend Kelly — Twitter folks may know her as @aPSUmama — to dissect the possible additions and come up with our versions of what the league should look like. The plan was to have those ready to run early next week, but seeing as how an entire D1 conference may have dissolved by then, we’re going to do our best to make our predictions and have them ready even sooner, perhaps as soon as tonight.
In the meantime: Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska. I think you’ll like it here. Oh, and Coach Pelini? Columbus has changed a bit since you played there. Ohio Stadium is bigger and louder, and all those people wearing red won’t be cheering for you this time.