Hey, Huskers. The Big Ten is a great conference that offers lots of money and lots of intriguing competition. Nobody blames you for going.
We blame you for losing your class.
Last November, one calendar year, I wrote a column with a banner headline: â€œWhy can't every place be like Lincoln?â€
I applauded Nebraska's commitment to hospitality and courtesy and a stadium experience the way it ought to be.
What happened to those people? Now Nebraska seems inhabited by a bunch of kooks who frighten off Beebe, an ex-NCAA investigator, and fire off uncouth e-mails like they're from Louisiana or somewhere.
And Husker coach Bo Pelini has gone raving mad, receiving a rebuke from his own chancellor, Harvey Perlman, after accosting an official after the A&M game.
The truth is, no one in Big 12 country was excited about Nebraska winning the football championship in its last year in the league. Now it's become a crusade; keep the Huskers 0-for-the-21st century in trophies that really matter.
The Sooners haven't fostered a lot of goodwill over the years, running roughshod (with the Huskers) over the Big Eight for decades, then dominating the Texas schools the last decade.
But OU popularity soars this week. In Iowa and Kansas and Missouri, even in all those Dairy Queen towns south of the Red River, they're chanting in unison.
Go Big Red.
Of the South.
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