After all, all the raucous sabers from Nebraska ended up with the modern equivalent of a whisper – a blank administrative statement effectively waving the white flag at the Cornhuskers going rogue and playing football this fall … or even given walks in the Big Ten altogether.
“The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a fully committed member of the Big Ten Conference,” the school said in a statement. “It’s an unparalleled athletic and academic alliance.
“We have the biggest fans in college athletics. This has been a difficult and frustrating week. We all look forward to the day when we can cheer for our student-athletes, on the field and in the arena. “
All of this was predictable because it was predictable. Money. Media rights. Padi. And that ̵6;s before Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren told Yahoo Sports that Nebraska would not play anywhere this fall “and be a member of the Big Ten Conference”.
The Huskers were part of (but certainly not just) an extremely messy dispute over the 125-year-old suppressed league. It ended as always, though, with everyone falling in line.
This is not to say that it was a vain exercise for the Huskers.
Nebraska made its point – for its fans, for its players and for potential recruits. The message was clear: He desperately wanted to play, the program is a very big job in his condition and he is willing to set up some windmills to fight for what he believes in.
If nothing else, it made everyone talk about the Big Red, which doesn’t happen much these days.
It will be painful for everyone in the conference if college football is played elsewhere this season. There is no avoiding it. For Nebraska, it will be especially tough if the Big 12, its old league, allows it. There is no guarantee that it will happen.
And if so, at least Nebraska reminded everyone how much money it is making in the Big Ten (about $ 54 million a year, or about $ 15 million more than the Big 12 average). In a bad situation, it’s something.
Most intriguing, however, is Nebraska, the new villain of its new conference, one that creation can mock and ruin against. The Big Ten offered Nebraska a lifeline in 2011, during conference reconstruction, when the clash made it appear the Big 12 could be disbanded.
The Huskers have rewarded the Big Ten with a mediocre (and deteriorating) product on the ground and now … this?
The Ohio State complaint is one thing. Nebraska? At least Rutgers and Maryland knew their place.
However, that could be a good thing. It’s at least one thing, which is better than ignoring or forgetting.
Recently, Nebraska had become just one date on schedule. Schools struggling to sell tickets (Illinois, Indiana, etc.) liked it because the army of Big Red traveling fans will fill the stands and parking lots. The traditional powers of the league, meanwhile, took on an aging brand that they could easily defeat.
Since joining the league, Nebraska is 7-16 overall against Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin, but has not beaten any of them since 2013. Meanwhile, it has lost five in a row to Iowa.
You would not think that a black hat would be appropriate for a celebrity beauty program such as cheering the visiting team after games and releasing bright balloons after Husker’s first result.
However, here we are. Maybe a sudden identity is better than none.
In some ways, it fits. Nebraska is a state that rewards individualism. Lots of windswept areas where you take care of yourself, not the surroundings of agoikago or Columbus. Just that walking with the plan may not make sense.
And Frost is not the kind of guy to pull off. Ever. He is a small town product who eventually retired to Nebraska in a 13-0 national championship in 1997. As a coach, he led the UCF to a perfect season in 2018 before returning home, where the recovery project has been slow (9-15 in general).
His powerful argument for playing this fall drew a lot of coverage. She changed zero minds at the conference, but no doubt found some charming ears among high school coaches, recruits, and parents across the Midwest, if not elsewhere.
It was a weird marketing attempt. However a necessary. Stuck on the westernmost edge of the league, no longer with the kind of entry into Texas high school talent that secured the Big 12, Nebraska was always a dicey proposal as a member of the Big Ten. The money was guaranteed in the Big Ten. Success certainly was not.
Almost all of the best recruits on the league trail reside from Chicago and the east. This leaves the Huskers struggling a long way from home to the backyard of many other brand-name programs with tradition and big stadiums (including independent Notre Dame). Upside up.
Nebraska usually finishes fourth or fifth in the Big Ten recruitment for Rivals.com and between 20-25 nationwide. Not bad, but not good enough. Since joining the league, 39 five-star recruits have signed with Big Ten schools. None with Nebraska.
Maybe listening to his voice helps. Maybe it can not hurt. The league office may not be very happy with the Huskers now and rival fans may be laughing at him, but for Scott Frost and the program, a kind of spark, some sort of narrative change was needed.
Making submission statements is not a pleasant experience. At least Nebraska fought because being beautiful and missing games is not fun at all.
More from Yahoo Sports: