Is this an article by a Nebraska guy or is this from someone else.
It would mean a lot more coming from another source.
I do not believe he is a NE guy
This type of article means so much more when it comes from an outsider. Having spent a little time in Nebraska does give him a better perspective on how the people of the state feel though.He spent some time working in Kearney, NE, so there is that. He graduated from Indiana though, is originally from Illinois, and now lives in Florida.
My name is Connor O'Gara and I'm the Senior National Columnist for the all-SEC football site SaturdayDownSouth.com and the all-Big Ten football site SaturdayTradition.com in Longwood, Fla. I also co-host The Saturday Down South Podcast. Before that, I was a sports reporter for the Kearney Hub in Kearney, NE where I covered preps, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the USHL's Tri-City Storm. I'm a former Indiana men's basketball beat reporter for the Indiana Daily Student. I've interned with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Indianapolis Colts and Indianapolis Indians in PR/media relations. I graduated from Indiana University in 2012 with a degree in journalism and a minor in kinesiology.
This is an excellent article. Shatel hits on a lot of key points that I have not seen being mentioned by anyone else in the media, and he does it well and succinctly. Up until the B1G decision to cancel the season, there were a lot of Nebraska fans who didn't fully comprehend how much emphasis the B1G places on academic prestige, and even fewer grasped the implications of an athletic conference where all major decisions are made be university presidents--rather than ADs, which is more the norm--and how both the university of, and the entire state of Nebraska neither thinks that way,... nor wants to think or be that way. The "Nebraska-ization" of the B1G is a real thing, and Ohio State's lonely success on the elite football stage has made that painfully real to the folks in Michigan and Wisconsin, who overly value their own academic image when they look in the mirror. The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan goes well beyond football, and the entire league has struggled back and forth for decades as they subtly slide incrementally back and forth between chiefly focusing as a conference on either athletic excellence on the national stage or academic prestige on the world stage; only the Pac 12 has struggled as much with that particular identity continuum. Penn State and Nebraska were brought in to boost the football resume, whereas Maryland and Rutgers were much more in line with the academic side of the B1G. Is it a coincidence that while the relative new kids on the block, Nebraska fans couldn't grasp why the B1G added Rutgers and Maryland, meanwhile Wisconsin and Michigan had passive-aggressively voiced their own displeasure when they cut the academic legs out from under Nebraska's more limited academic prestige by leading a historic vote to expel them from the AAU?
I'd like to see her have a public debate with HCSF on the subject."This is the Nebraska-ization of the Big Ten. Who would have thought that when Nebraska and Ohio State and a few of the league’s other squeakiest wheels started whining about missing out on football, the Big Ten presidents would buckle rather than stand up to them?"
From the above article. I love it. If this is not okay to post, let me know and I will delete.