Foxsports Ohio is reporting that Big 10 has officially offered Nebraska an invitation to join the Big 10. But the accuracy of this has been questioned by a number of people, so I wouldn't treat this as gospel, but if it's true, there is your first domino to fall. Whether this snowballs into a mega-conference arms race will depend on whether the Big 10 is happy just getting to 12 teams or whether they'll continue to pursue Notre Dame and either 1 or 3 additional teams. The other driving factor is whether the Pac 10 goes after the Big 12 South and tries to form a 16 team super conference.
Says FoxSports Ohio:
The Big Ten has officially offered an invitation to Nebraska.
Over the weekend, the Big 12 Conference demanded a loyalty pledge from all of its' members, and only 9 teams complied. Two of the three holdouts, Nebraska and Missouri, were given until this Friday to decide if they wanted to stay in the league, and the ultimatum has apparently pushed the Huskers into the Big 10.
ESPN is now reporting that Nebraska will meet on Friday with their board to weigh the pluses and minuses of staying in the Big 12 and joining the Big 10, but that doesn't necessarily mean they've been invited or that a decision will be made on Friday:
A member of Nebraska's Board of Regents says the board expects to hear from university president Harvey Perlman and athletic director Tom Osborne on Friday about the future of the school's athletic program.
Kent Schroeder, a Kearney, Neb., lawyer who has been on the Nebraska Board of Regents since 1998, says he expects a presentation from both at Friday's scheduled board meeting on whether the school will change conferences or remain in the Big 12.
We'll keep you posted...