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If Nebraska Football goes rogue, they can kiss the Big Ten good-bye

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /
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Nebraska football still wants to play this fall despite the Big Ten’s ruling.

The only way the Nebraska Cornhuskers will be playing a football season in 2020 is if they go against Kevin Warren, the Big Ten Commissioner, and decide to play independently instead.

If this happens, the Huskers can pretty much say good-bye to the Big Ten because Warren said that it would not be allowed.

"When Warren was asked specifically by Yahoo Sports if Nebraska could play college football this fall, he gave an answer that would make his hardline predecessor nod with approval.“No,” he said, firmly. “Not and be a member of the Big Ten Conference.”-Courtesy of Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports"

The decision was made on Tuesday for fall sports to be postponed potentially to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott Frost had made it known prior to the announcement that Nebraska would be willing to look into other options if the Big Ten decided not to play this year and even after the announcement, did not back down from those sentiments.

Nor did the rest of the Nebraska leadership per the tweet below from Mitch Sherman.

If playing a season is truly important for Nebraska, then they’ll need to decide which is more important to them – Playing in 2020 during a global pandemic or remaining a member of the Big Ten Conference.

If they choose the first option, the second option won’t be the case anymore and the Huskers will be left without a home. Nebraska left the Big 12 after the 2010-2011 school year when other schools were seeking a way out of the conference and it looked like it was on its way to crashing and burning.

Nebraska football hasn’t had the kind of success the university imagined when it left for the Big Ten, only making it to the title game once and getting blown out in that game. The program has had three different head coaches and has had three straight losing seasons without a bowl game appearance.

Simply put, the Big Ten probably wouldn’t miss Nebraska if it decided playing this season was more important than staying loyal to its conference.

From Thamel’s article on Warren’s statement,

"He politely told Nebraska that if it goes rogue, it can pack it where the corn doesn’t husk. And the league would be happy to keep its $50 million cut and share it with those who play nice."

Pretty much. If Nebraska decides to tick off the conference that opened its doors to them nine years ago and hasn’t gotten the competitive program they thought they were getting, then they can simply look for another conference willing to take a 4-8 team.

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Maybe this is the beginning of Nebraska football hooking back up with the Big 12 again. Maybe they go to another conference. All we really know at this point is that if the Nebraska Cornhuskers decide they want to be tough guys and go against the Big Ten’s wishes, they’ll no longer be members of the Big Ten.

It’s as simple as that.