Is this week the greatest week in the history of college sports/football?

Today was big. I mean, really big.  This week could possibly go down as one of the greatest days in college athletics. And if you, like me, are a Nebraska athletics fan, then you will probably agree.

Today, the University of Colorado Buffaloes announced they will be joining the Pacific 10 conference. This will get the ball rolling on the dismantling of the hapless Big 12.  Boulder, where CU is located, fits a lot better with L.A., Berkley, Seattle, and Eugene than it does with Lincoln, Ames, Manhattan, and Stillwater, mainly due to cultural leanings.  I wish the Buffs the best and I won’t miss Nebraska playing them after Thanksgiving.

Tomorrow, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents is expected to announce that the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Cornhuskers will apply to become a member of the 114 year-old, prestigious Big Ten conference.  Nebraska — the so-called “linchpin” of the conference — will finish the dismantling of the Big 12 to the Little 10. Nebraska will not only get millions of dollars for athletics because of the Big Ten Network, but they will receive millions more for research and academics. All around, Nebraska is getting a once-in-a-lifetime deal. When the Big Ten comes a calling, you can’t say, “No, thanks, but we like being in the Big Tex…uh, I mean, Big 12.”

If you want to relive some old Big 8/12 moments, the Omaha World Herald has put together a montage.  Consider it like an illustrated eulogy for Nebraska.

Finally (and maybe the best), today it was announced by the NCAA that the University of Southern California will face sanctions because of improper benefits given to athletes Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo. They will be forced to forgo two postseason bowl appearances, and might even have to forfeit their 2004-2005 National Championship. More answers will come soon. Former USC coach Pete Carroll made this YouTube video.  He said he was never aware of anything illegal going on while he was at USC:

Monday Musings

Here’s a few thoughts and links to start off the week:

  • The Superbowl ads were kind of lame this year.  But VW’s SuperBowl commercial was the best, in my opinion.
  • You heard it here last, but I bet Peyton Manning will be having literal nightmares about that 4th quarter pick-six for months.
  • David Sills, a 13-year-old from Delaware commits to USC and Lane Kiffin for the class of 2015.  This whole situation represents everything that is wrong with college sports, recruiting, and sports marketing.  Here’s a video of Sills (I apologize for the terrible choice of music they used for this video).  A YouTube commenter said it best: “Congrats.  You are the king of middle school football.”  This is a terrible abuse of a child who will never be able to be a kid, grow up normal, or enjoy high school.
  • Tim Tebow and Focus on the Family’s Superbowl ad should not cause any controversies.  Why?  It wasn’t controversial.
  • I don’t think it’s a question whether Sara Palin will run for president in 2012.  The question is will she run for the Republican Party or Tea Party?