Welcome to the Big Ten, Nebraska!

Today marks the official beginning to the Big Ten’s run at 12 teams, as we add the Nebraska Cornhuskers into the fold. Clearly fans of self-depreciation, the guys at Big Red Network asked the Penn State (among other Big Ten members) blogosphere to shower them with praise as we usher them into the conference.

As an added bonus, the members of Linebacker-U.com have gone out of their way to extend an extra-special Hello, Jerry to the Cornhuskers. Join us, won’t you, in welcoming our new most hated rivals!

From Mike:

I’m going to be the boring one here. For Penn State fans, there is hardly a better choice for the newest member of Big Ten football than Big Red. Though both teams have only faced off on the field 13 times, the intense rivalry between Penn State and Nebraska runs much deeper than simply 52 quarters of football. These two programs participated in what could be considered one of the biggest watershed moments in college football history, yet never played a down of football on the same field in the process. Yup, it’s 2011, and Nittany Lions fans are still seething about 1994. Just as Huskers fans are quick to scream back “1982!” But that’s why this series has been a special one, and will continue to be special for years to come.

From Tim:

Dear Nebraska:
It’s good to have a new basement buddy in basketball…Too bad we’re going to be leaving it soon enough.


From Eric:

Dear Nebraska:

Supposedly you got robbed nearly 30 years ago. Well, I’m not that old. Sorry, I’m not sorry. And what Tim said.

From Jeff:

Nebraska is nice.
Welcome to our conference, friend.
Avoid the clap, though.

From Galen:

Dear Nebraska,

Here’s a little visiting tip when you come to State College: our corn is harvested by people that are afraid of electricity and indoor plumbing.  Plan accordingly.


From Peter:

Hey Nebraska, welcome to the Big Ten. I’m pretty jazzed about you guys coming aboard, and don’t really have anything negative to say. However, can someone please explain the reasoning behind creating this… this abomination.

Lil' Red lives on the souls of children and compressed air


  • Bill

    I think I speak for 99% of Husker fans when I say that we all hate Lil’ Red too.
    I have always hoped that Ralphie would run over that thing and put it out of its misery.

  • PGH Hawkeye

    Penn State is sort of the Texas of the Big Ten… Well, except they don’t have a very good football program. Or a very good coach. Or fans of even a slight touch of class. I will enclose a link for your perusal, which is pretty much standard PSU behavior.


    With this little incident, even the Wolverines came to the defense of the Buckeyes with more than a mild rebuke. Any Husker that will visit State College this year will also learn of the Penn State “pee bomb” tradition.

    • http://www.twitter.com/EpicTripod Jeff

      Well, except they don’t have a very good football program. Or a very good coach.

      I LOL’d.

      • http://www.twitter.com/LBU_Mike Mike

        Silly Jeff! If a coach doesn’t cheat or harm his own players, he’s not doing a very good coaching job!

  • http://4WP2 PGH Hawkeye


    … 4 losing seasons in the past 10 years
    …. 4 and 5 star recruits that produce a 7-6 season last year, topped off with a bowl loss to (un-ranked) Florida
    … Add some racist comments by the coach that are defended by the university and the link above, and I can say in all candor that it is a real embarrassment and insult to be affiliated with PSU via the Big Ten.

    Also noticed that Jeff would not defend Penn State fans… but I guess that’s understandable.

    But the good thing about PSU? They are always over-rated, but (due to poor coaching in Happy Valley) Iowa always wins!!! It’s nice to have that bump in the AP. Thanks, Penn State!!!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/EpicTripod Jeff

      Hey, I can pick arbitrary numbers too.

      Did you know?
      - Between 1962 and 1980, Iowa did not have a single winning season.
      - Iowa’s 1999 team went 1-10.
      - Iowa went 8-5 last year, finishing an ENTIRE game above Penn State in the standings.

      I love the racist comments argument by opposing fans, as if their fan base has never used a slur of any kind ever. Further, I’ve never seen proof of these alleged racist comments, so I can do baseless accusations, too…Kirk Ferentz wears women’s underwear during games!

  • PGH Hawkeye

    Don’t think Iowa has ever claimed to be a football powerhouse, unlike Penn State. As for last year, we beat (ranked) Missouri in a bowl game. Iowa does what it does with 2 and 3 star recruits, verses your more talented 4 and 5 stars. You guys just have a crappy coach. Period. (no pun intended)

    Iowa always beats Penn State because we are better coached. Our guys work harder, avoid stupid mistakes. When playing PSU we can always pretty much count on at least one costly turnover that sends us to victory. A lot of that is due to the younger Paterno on the sidelines, and the fact that Jay is even there in the first place reflects on the judgment of Joepa.

    Joe and racism… Here you go! Maybe if you knew more about your school you might not like it so much.


    I’ll paraphrase Mr. Paterno: “I like black people because they can run fast.” Don’t worry, Joe. It’s not like you just p****d off the rest of the entire conference with comments like that… Oh, no. Not in the least!!!! (heavy sarcasm)

    Mr. Paterno is disgraceful and disgusting, and it cheapens the rest of the conference to be affiliated with him. It’s time for Penn State to find a new conference. Personally I’d take any of the following schools as #12 in the B1G: Missouri, Notre Dame, Iowa State, Pitt, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, or Oklahoma State. Any one would be fine… A certain improvement over Penn State.

    • http://www.twitter.com/LBU_Tweet Mike

      First of all, that’s not what Joe said. That’s what DeBerry said. Joe said this, which isn’t completely innocent, but not nearly comparable to what you paraphrased:

      “You have to be careful the way you say things sometimes,” the Penn State coach said. “Poor [Air Force coach] Fisher DeBerry got in trouble, but the black athlete has made a big difference. They have changed the whole tempo of the game. Black athletes have just done a great job as athletes and as people in turning the game around.”

      Is Joe out of touch with where acceptable public discussion has gone? Yes. But dude, are you going to seriously say that black athletes haven’t done better on the field than white dudes? C’mon. Us white guys are generally slow as shit, and I’m not embarrassed by that. It’s true.

      Joe wasn’t the one who used color as a reason for his team’s defeat on the field. That’s just stupid and a lame excuse for a loss. It was DeBerry. Nothing Joe said came close to that kind of tone or inference.

      But on the recruits, you’re full of shit. What about Iowa’s 2005 Recruiting Class? Scout.com (8th nationally) / Rivals.com (11th nationally). Exactly how many games did Iowa win from 2005-2008? Did they reach bowl games each year? Meanwhile, Penn State won Big Ten championships with 2 & 3 star guys like Tony Hunt, Deon Butler, Paul Posluszny, Daryll Clark, Evan Royster, and actually quite a few walk-ons (Josh Hull, Jordan Norwood).

      And in case you’re just trying to be a troll, know that you are actually helping us here. Because the more comments and conversation we have, the better the site gets.

      So, in a weird sense, thanks for stopping by!

    • Peter

      As I type these very words, Iowa just lost another game to Northwestern.

    • http://www.twitter.com/EpicTripod Jeff

      Wait, I must be missing something. If Paterno was PRAISING the African-American athlete’s abilities, how is that racist? If I said “Man, I sure love Chinese food” is that being racist against people from China? What if I said “People from Iowa make THE BEST meth” is that a slur against Iowans?

      But as to your recruiting class point, don’t act like Iowa hasn’t had some solid players and classes recently. And as Mike pointed out, Penn State has won some games on the backs of lesser ranked players. Each time I’m sure could point to booms and busts on both ends of the recruiting scale.

      If you want to take your abnormal resentment for Penn State to some other conference, we’ll gladly let you go (just you, not the rest of Hawkeye fans, many of whom are rational, reasoned folk).

  • beerisgoodfood

    So, I see there is a Massengill plant in Iowa.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kmart93 Kyle

    Don’t feed the stupid troll…

    Making logical arguments to prove him wrong isn’t going to work, because he’s already making stuff up. Just be happy that our blog has arrived to the point where people feel the need to troll it…

  • Galen

    Hey, give the guy a break, he’s right Iowa never claimed to be a football powerhouse, they rule wrestling. Oh wait. Nevermind.

  • PGH Hawkeye

    Don’t get too excited… The only reason I even wasted my time on this site was because there was a link to it from bigrednetwork.com.

    As I type these words the entire conference accepts Nebraska as an equal in the Big Ten, which will never be the case with Penn State.

    The Big Ten is more like a conference of 11 teams with a loose (and embarrassing) affiliation with PSU.