Kevin Warren Threatens to Kick Nebraska Out of Big Ten If They Play Elsewhere

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Even before the Big Ten formally announced that they would be canceling football season this Fall, Nebraska was reported as a dissenting vote and head coach Scott Frost vowed to explore all options, meaning the Cornhuskers would seek to join a different conference this season.

Now, if they make that decision it would take on a measure of permanence. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports asked Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren if Nebraska could play elsewhere this Fall. “No,” Warren told Thamel. “Not and be a member of the Big Ten Conference.”

You’d think that settles that, but the door could be open a sliver. No, Nebraska wouldn’t return to the Big 12 after these threats, because at $50 million per school (mostly from TV money) the Big Ten disburses much more money than that conference. However, if Nebraska were to join the SEC, it would be a relatively level paying field. Of course, the SEC would have to want them permanently and they don’t exactly fit into the geography.

It seems like Nebraska will have little choice but to eventually fall in line with the Big Ten, but it still warrants monitoring to see what their final decision will be.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Well, if Nebraska gets bupkis for this cancelled season, and $50 mil. for the next four seasons, over 5 years that’s $40 mil per season. If, say the BIGXII took them in for this season and the next four, the BIGXII disbursed roughly $37 mil. last season to each member, so without correcting for a re-jiggering of the TV money after the cancellations, they would be making a comparable amount in the BIGXII.

    Now, the SEC…

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