June 11, 2010

Expansion like this might not happen again, so enjoy it

What we are seeing right now with the expansion and realignment of conferences, it will rival the biggest moments in college football history. (photo: BuckNuts.com)
It's not often that you get to really enjoy history as it's being made. Luckily for us, it's happening right now.

This is kind of a big deal. Today in Lincoln the board of regents for the University of Nebraska will conduct what just a few weeks earlier would have been considered a standard meeting to discuss university issues. That is, it was a standard meeting until one resolution was added a few days ago to Section VI:
Resolution regarding UNL athletic conference alignment.
Once that hit the board's official Web page, everyone assumed it would be just a formality; that the board wasn't really meeting to weigh the options, but rather, go over just how fast they can get this deal sealed.

After all, the past few days have been full of mere formalities, such as the fact that Nebraska still has to "apply" for an invitation to the Big Ten. Right, like the Big Ten, after nearly failing to hold it in its pants when Nebraska AD Tom Osborne supposedly told staff that the realignment was happening, would say "eh, maybe you're not for us after all."

This is going to happen. There's no going back. The media has been building up this day for a week now. So there's a lot to live up to.

We are witnessing history. But it's not just history like national championships, or big controversial plays, or fantastic epic games. This could possibly be the biggest single shift in college football... ever. We need to enjoy every second of it. And quite honestly, we're the fortunate ones who can do so.

Penn State is in the unique situation of being on the safe side. Expansion can only help Penn State and the Big Ten. Those saying otherwise, well, are full of crap, or animosity, or simply jealous that their teams are either not involved or going to get screwed.

So enjoy today. Take it all in. We may not see anything like this for a long time after the dust settles. Will there be more conference shifting in the next few decades? Of course. But I'm willing to type this on the internet, where words never die, right now: nothing of this magnitude will happen again for at least 30 or 40 years.

Have fun with this. That's all I'm saying.

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