How Nebraska Moving to the Big Ten Will Affect Their Minor Sports

Samantha CookeCorrespondent IJune 16, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11:  Christian Standhardinger #11 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers shoots a free throw while taking on the Texas A&M Aggies during the quarterfinals of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 11, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Everyone knows the University of Nebraska moving to the Big Ten is going to change football for both the Big Ten and Big 12.

The Big Ten has the potential to split up their 12 teams and have a championship game. This can help their Bowl Championship Series potential.

What people are not talking about is how this move will affect the rest of the athletics at Nebraska. Several sports could actually be hurt because of this move. On the other hand, this could help some sports make the NCAA Tournament.

If you don't care about minor sports, please stop reading now. This article is about every sport except football. Here is a look at what sports will improve, stay the same, or decline because of the move.


The women's basketball team lost in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last year. The Big 12 had two teams in the Final Four. The competition in the Big 12 is tougher than in the Big Ten, so look for Nebraska's chances to improve in making the tournament.

It is no secret that Big Ten softball and baseball are weak. Softball had three teams in the tournament and baseball had one. The Big 12 had seven teams in softball and five in baseball.

The only trouble will be Nebraska against Michigan softball because they are always on top.

The men's and women's track and field teams each had seven Big 12 teams ranked. The Big Ten had one men's team and two women's teams. Nebraska was ranked in both polls.

Nebraska also performed better at the NCAA Finals than the Big Ten teams except for Indiana in women's track. Indiana finished 16th while Nebraska finished 19th.

The women's gymnastics team finished second in the Big 12 and fourth in their preliminary session at the NCAA Finals. During the regular season, they went 4-0 against the Big Ten.

Remain the Same

The men's basketball team lost in the Big 12 Tournament last season to end their season. They played against Texas, Missouri, Kansas State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, and Texas A&M, who all made the tournament.

In the Big Ten, they will face tournament teams in Wisconsin, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Purdue. The competition in both leagues is fairly similar.

Women's volleyball lost in the quarterfinals to Texas, who eventually lost to Penn State. Each conference had six teams in the tournament last year.

Men's and women's tennis will both face equal competition from the Big Ten. Men's tennis went 1-1 against the Big Ten and the women went 2-1 against the Big Ten last year.


Men's wrestling finished 12th in the NCAA Tournament and fifth in the Big 12. When they move to the Big Ten, they will face tougher competition in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Penn State.

Women's soccer lost in the Big 12 Tournament and did not make it to the NCAA Tournament last year. They are already 0-1 in the 2010 Spring Season against the Big Ten. The Big Ten placed five teams in the NCAA Tournament last year. The Big 12 managed only two.

Women's swimming and diving will take a hit when they move to the Big Ten. Only two Big 12 teams were ranked compared to seven in the Big Ten. Nebraska lost to Illinois in a duel meet last season.


The Big Ten and Big 12 are comparable conferences. Each conference has their tougher sport and tougher opponents.

It will be interesting to see what will happen to all of Nebraska's athletics, not just football, when they make the move to the Big Ten.

On the flip side, it will also be interesting to see how Nebraska can enhance the Big Ten.