Big Ten Expansion Quotes

Quotes from around the Big Ten landscape about the unanimous vote to add Nebraska beginning in the 2011-12 academic season.

COP/C Chair and Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon

"By unanimous vote, the Big Ten Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to the Big Ten Conference. We believe Nebraska is an extraordinary fit, reflecting the criteria we established at the beginning of the process – high academic quality, competitiveness, cultural compatibility and fiscal responsibility. The extensive and in-depth discussions my colleagues and I have had about Big Ten expansion permitted us to act expeditiously and prudently on the application submitted by Nebraska. We look forward to working with our colleagues at UNL in the years ahead."

"We are pleased that the Presidents/Chancellors of the Big Ten universities agree that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a proper partner from both an academics standpoint and athletics perspective. This makes sense for the future of our University. We are honored to be included in the Big Ten."

Nebraska AD Tom Osborne

"The Big Ten Conference has much to offer. This is a tribute to our athletic program, our academic programs and our fans. This is the right move at the right time. This is a rare opportunity that may not have been an option for us in the future."

Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez

"The University of Nebraska is a great fit for the Big Ten Conference. I was fortunate enough to have been a student-athlete in Nebraska's storied football program and I realize the magnitude and brand identity of their athletic program. Nebraska's fan base is as enthusiastic and passionate as any in the country and is similar to that of many Big Ten schools. Nebraska is a tremendous university, an AAU institution that brings quality academics and athletics to the Big Ten. On behalf of our athletic department, we want to welcome Nebraska to the Big Ten."

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany

"While Big Ten expansion is exciting and important both academically and athletically, what we are really excited about is building solid, long-lasting relationships with the University, its administrators and staff, its fans and the people of Nebraska. We look forward to reaching out to these groups in the months and years ahead."

Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman

"We are pleased that the presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten schools agree that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a proper partner. From both an academics standpoint and an athletics perspective, this makes sense for the future of our university."

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