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Now that Nebraska is finally relevant again, it's leaving for the Big Ten

Berry Tramel: After a decade of mostly mediocre football, Nebraska has finally looked like it was going to help carry the Big 12 freight. But just as soon as the Cornhuskers jumped back in the thick of things, they're bolting for the Big Ten.
by Berry Tramel Modified: October 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm •  Published: October 19, 2010

Oh, swell, Nebraska. So now you're leaving. That's just great.

Now that you're turning back into something resembling the Cornhuskers. Now that you seem capable of sharing the heavy lifting that Oklahoma and Texas have been doing for a decade.

Now that you're relevant again, off you go, away to the Big Ten after this season.

Should have left 10 years ago if this was all you were going to give the Big 12.

No conference titles in the 2000s. Two North Division championships. A decade of mostly-mediocre football.

And now that Bo Pelini is making you interesting again — not withstanding that dinosaur egg you laid last week against Texas — it's slam, bam, time to scram.

The Huskers play Saturday in Stillwater, and this will be Nebraska's last trip to Oklahoma for at least a decade. Joe Castiglione is talking about enticing the Huskers into a home-and-home series around 2021, to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Game of the Century.

I'm sure it will be fun 11 years from now. I'm sure we'll celebrate. I'm sure we'll reminisce about the grand olds days of the Big Red of the North.

But now, my affection and patience for Nebraska is not high.

The Huskers — administrators, fans, heck, maybe even the vaunted walkons — have spent 15 years stewing about Texas and its stranglehold on conference issues.

We know the feeling in Oklahoma. But the Sooners have discovered a great tonic. Just beat the Longhorns. That tends to solve a lot of money problems and political disagreements.

OU is 7-4 against Texas in the 2000s. Nebraska is 0-6.

No wonder the Corn hates the 'Horn.

But if Nebraska wants to find the No. 1 problem with Big 12 football, it doesn't need to look south of the Red. It needs to look in the mirror.

OU and Texas didn't have their act together when this conference formed in 1996, but it didn't take long. Mack Brown arrived in 1998, Bob Stoops in 1999, and suddenly the river rivals were poised for dominance.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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