The University of Nebraska is set to join the Big Ten after receiving unanimous approval yesterday from the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors.
The move is effective July 1, 2011, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2011-12 academic year. It marks the conference's first expansion since the addition of Penn State in 1990. It increases Big Ten membership to 12 schools.
"By unanimous vote, the Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to the Big Ten Conference," said council chair and Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon in a press release. "We believe Nebraska is an extraordinary fit, reflecting the criteria we established at the beginning of the process - high academic quality, competitiveness, cultural compatibility and fiscal responsibility . . . We look forward to working with our colleagues at UNL in the years ahead."
In other college news:
* With the future of the Big 12 at stake, Texas regents have scheduled a meeting Tuesday to decide whether the Longhorns will remain in the fast-disintegrating league or switch to another conference. Texas is considered the lynchpin to the Big 12's survival, particularly after the league lost Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-10) in a matter of 2 days this week.
The Pac-10 is reportedly interested in inviting Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech to form a 16-team league. Texas Tech officials also scheduled a Tuesday meeting.
* According to an ESPN.com report, Southern California will likely lose its 2004 BCS title, but not its Associated Press title.
"The 2004 poll stands," AP sports editor Terry Taylor confirmed in an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times. "The poll is intended to measure on-field performance. If teams are allowed to play, they're allowed to be ranked and USC certainly played in 2004."
* Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of next week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in a threesome that includes Ernie Els and Lee Westwood.
* Lee Westwood held a one-stroke lead after the second round of the St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis.
* M.J. Hur had two chip-in birdies in a second consecutive 6-under 66 that gave her a one-shot lead over Amy Yang after the second round of the LPGA's State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill.
* Ben Dubin has resigned as Frankford High's coach to become the Public League's boys' basketball chairman. He'll handle scheduling and work closely with coaches. Former chairman Charles Sumter has stayed on board; he'll assign referees.
* Kurt Busch is on the pole for tomorrow's NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway. Jamie McMurray will start second and Jimmie Johnson will start third.
* A drag racing driver died of head injuries after crashing his alcohol-fueled funny car at a "high rate of speed" during a qualifying round at the NHRA SuperNationals at Raceway Park in Old Bridge, N.J., state police said. Neal Parker, 58, of Millville, N.J. was pronounced dead at the scene.
* Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis will undergo surgery today to repair his second torn anterior cruciate ligament in 7 months. The Panthers haven't ruled out Davis returning late this season.
* A limited amount of tickets for the Union's international friendly versus Celtic F.C. will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. A presale for season ticket holders begins at 9 a.m. Tickets range from $50 for Corner seats through $200 for Field Level seats. For individual tickets, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.