Nebraska joins Big Ten

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Big Ten’s board of presidents and chancellors unanimously welcomed Nebraska to the club on Friday, expanding the league to 12 teams effective July 1, 2011.

Nebraska is the Big Ten’s first addition since 1990, when Penn State joined, and it comes just six months after the league announced that it was looking at expansion.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he presumed there would be a Big Ten championship football game beginning in 2011. He also said the conference would “pause” from further expansion over the next 12 to 18 months. He declined to comment on whether Notre Dame or any other school was on the league’s radar.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With the future of the Big 12 at stake, University of Texas regents have scheduled a meeting for next week 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 two days this week.

The regents said they will hold a meeting in Austin on Tuesday for “discussion and appropriate action regarding athletic conference membership.”

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference, giving the league 10 members when the move becomes effective July 1, 2011.

As Boise State aims to secure a clearer path to Bowl Championship Series games worth millions, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said his league is boosting its strength by adding a football program that’s captured the nation’s imagination, and prime-time TV exposure.

The league’s main goal is to make a better case to become the seventh college football conference awarded an automatic BCS postseason berth.

The Associated Press

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