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Nebraska joins Big Ten

And then there were 12.

Nebraska received unanimous approval from the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors to join the conference Friday. The Cornhuskers will join in all sports for the 2011-12 season.

“The Big Ten Conference has much to offer,” Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said in a statement.

“This is a tribute to our athletic program, our academic programs and our fans.text ignored This is the right move at the right time.text ignored This is a rare opportunity that may not have been an option for us in the future.”

The addition is effective July 1, 2011.

It’s the first time the Big Ten has expanded since Penn State joined in June of 1990.

“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,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. “We look forward to reaching out to these groups in the months and years ahead.”

In order for an institution to be admitted to the Big Ten, it must submit a written application, which must then be approved by at least 70 percent of the Big Ten COP/C.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents formally submitted an application to join the Big Ten Conference Friday afternoon. The Big Ten COP/C then met via conference call and approved Nebraska’s application.

“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,” said COP/C Chair and Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon in a statement. “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.”

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