Brian Christopherson of the LINCOLN JOURNAL-STAR reports Nebraska Board of Regents Chairman Bob Phares said Wednesday evening that he had no knowledge of the school receiving an invitation to the Big Ten and that, “a report being circulated this afternoon among sports media stating that the University of Nebraska Board of Regents ‘met informally’ today and have ‘agreed to move to the Big Ten’ is not accurate.”
Chip Brown of Texas sports website Orangebloods.com reported earlier today:
Nebraska regents have informally agreed to leave for the Big Ten. A formal announcement will come Friday.
More from Christopherson on NU Regents Chairman Phares:
I asked Phares about reports circulating through cyberspace that Nebraska’s Board of Regents have agreed to move to the Big Ten and that a formal announcement Nebraska is leaving will come Friday.
Phares answer: “First of all, there are several factual errors. No. 1, there’s been no vote by the board at all. No. 2, as I understand it, there are no invitations that are extended. You decide if you wish to make an application and then they react to your application.
ESPN.com reported earlier Wednesday, “a source close to the Nebraska program told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that athletic director Tom Osborne informed some staff members within the past 24 hours that the Cornhuskers were going to make the move to the Big Ten conference.”
Christopherson revealed after Mortensen’s report Wednesday evening that, “The Journal Star has spoken to coaches from three different sports who said there has been no meeting with Osborne since last Friday.“
Phares added to the Journal-Star: “I heard that there were reports that Tom Osborne had advised all of his staff that it was a done deal. You can talk to Tom and see what his comment is. I would be immensely surprised if that was the case, because as I said there’s been no vote by the board and no formal decision.“
Also today, Orangebloods.com reported: “Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds and president Williams Powers gathered UT coaches today at 2 p.m. CT to tell them they did everything they could to save the Big 12 but that they were unsuccessful.”
The AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN’s Alan Trubow reported after that Orangebloods.com report:
(Univ. of Texas head baseball coach) Augie Garrido said DeLoss Dodds did meet with ut coaches today but never mentioned that Big 12 was dead or anything was final.
Meanwhile Pete Thamel of the NEW YORK TIMES reported on Wednesday night via Twitter:
UT and A&M pres/regents/ads to meet in Austin tomorrow to try and save Big 12. “I can’t see Humpty Dumpty coming together,” says an B12 AD.
Just talked to Big12 Commish Dan Beebe:”I know there’s a strong desire to keep the Big 12 together as a whole, even if there’s a departure.”
On the subject of preserving the Big 12, Brown at Orangebloods.com reported earlier today:
Orangebloods.com: BYU and Air Force have been identified as possible schools to join B12 if the league loses 2 schools and can be salvaged.
Brown though later added:
Orangebloods.com: Several officials in the Big 12 South have said if Nebraska leaves the conference, the Big 12 is dead.
At this point, the only thing we know for a fact about conference realignment is:
1) The Chairman of the Board of Regents at the Univ. of Nebraska has confirmed he knows nothing of an invitation to join the Big 10.
2) The Colorado Board of Regents Tuesday confirmed that no invitation to join the Pac-10 had been extended to the school.