Can Nebraska look elsewhere? 'Not and be a member of the B1G,' Kevin Warren says
There appears to be a bit of a standoff between B1G commissioner Kevin Warren and the entire state of Nebraska.
Not long after the B1G released a statement announcing it has canceled fall sports for 2020, including the football season, the University of Nebraska released a statement of its own. It was a joint statement that included chancellor Ronnie Green, University of Nebraska System Ted Carter, athletic director Bill Moos and football coach Scott Frost.
In the statement, Nebraska said it will continue to pursue options to play football and other sports in the fall.
“We are very disappointed in the decision by the Big Ten Conference to postpone the fall football season, as we have been and continue to be ready to play,” the statement said.
“Safety comes first. Based on the conversations with our medical experts, we continue to strongly believe the absolute safest place for our student athletes is within the rigorous safety protocols, testing procedures, and the structure and support provided by Husker Athletics.
“We will continue to consult with medical experts and evaluate the situation as it emerges. We hope it may be possible for our student athletes to have the opportunity to compete.”
During his interview on Big Ten Network Tuesday, Warren was asked whether or not the Huskers could look for other opportunities. The commissioner dodged the question multiple times.
However, Warren was willing to speak on the record in a story by Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel. The commissioner says it’s not possible for Nebraska to play and retain its membership with the B1G.
“No,” Warren said in response to the question about Nebraska playing football. “Not and be a member of the B1G Conference.”
Whether or not Nebraska will still attempt to move forward and join one of the three conferences still pursuing fall football — Big 12, SEC, ACC — remains to be seen. If it does, things could get really interesting.