"I very much respect the job that all of you have to do, but I will not be taking any questions in regards to any Big Ten issues," stated Pelini early in the day. "We're excited about the upcoming season, and all our focus is on the Big 12, which is a great conference. We're excited to be in it this fall and looking forward to the future."
That lasted for about five minutes, after Pelini realized reporters were not going to shy away from the topic.
"I don't anticipate any problems. Number one, the leadership of the Big 12 from Dan Beebe and his staff has been exceptional....The fans and the institutions in the Big 12 are highly respected…very classy programs...very classy fans," he said. "If you start looking ahead, you'll get stomped in this conference."
Nebraska will take a lot of heat for being the first team to step out of the Big 12 conference, and it will possibly start on Oct. 7th at Kansas State. The Cornhuskers also travel to Oklahoma State, Iowa State, and Texas A&M in 2010. It will be interesting to see fans reactions on home games.
When not being asked about a conference switch, many of the questions surrounded around returning quarterback starter Zac Lee. The senior threw for 2,100 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, but missed spring practices following surgery on the flexor tendon in his throwing shoulder, an injury that he played with much of the season in 2009.
"It's a negative anytime that you don't have a chance to practice and gain reps," Pelini said. "Right now he's 100 percent. He's competing well, and he's looking to forward to a great fall and a great camp coming up."