I liked the "check your ego at the door" reference. Even though I have been a big Texas promoter, I've come around to the belief that Texas won't play well with others (perhaps I am actually morphing into OB). I wouldn't mind Nebraska, except it is another "Big Red" school. I like the tradition and Nebraska, along with Pitt, just seem like Big 10 material.
When rumors first circulated about Texas joining the Big Ten, I talked with a current administrator at a Big 12 school who has strong Big Ten ties.
He chuckled at the thought.
“The Big Ten is a ‘Check your ego at the door' conference,'' he said. In fact, if Nebraska joined, it likely would have to pay to get in or take reduced revenue in the early years as payment for an equity position in the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten is about the Big Ten, not the individual entities. Recall that when Penn State joined in 1990, the league refused to change its name. Instead, it tweaked its logo to include an optical illusion “11.''
More proof that the league is the No. 1 thing: The Big Ten is the only BCS grouping in which all revenue is shared equally. So no single school or small group of “haves'' wields golden hammers.