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Nebraska ends its rebellion against the Big Ten

Many, many people were angered by the Big Ten's decision to punt on a fall football season this Tuesday, but no one turned nearly as red as the Big Red.

Scott Frost threatened to go rogue on Monday. Nebraska's administration released a statement following Tuesday's announcement making it clear that the university disagreed with the conference's decision and would do all in its power to undermine it.

Two days later, cooler heads prevailed.

Nebraska's system president Ted Carter and campus chancellor Ronnie Green released the following statement Thursday morning.

“The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a fully committed member of the Big Ten Conference. It is an unparalleled athletic and academic alliance. We have the greatest fans in college athletics. This has been a difficult and disappointing week for the Husker family. We all look forward to the day when we can cheer on our student-athletes, on the field and in the arena.” University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter N | Big Ten Logo

Look, it's easy to see why Nebraska was so angry in the early part of this week.

When your administration wants to play, when your players want to play, but a presidents at schools in Indiana and New Jersey and the conference office in Chicago tell you you can't? It's a tough pill to swallow. Especially when you don't have 100 years of history in the conference like Purdue or Northwestern, or you have no real history of football prosperity outside the Big Ten like Rutgers and Maryland.

And it makes even more sense when you consider what a full year without football will do to the state's economy and morale, in a state where Cornhusker football is the only game in town.

It's hard to take all that lying down. But it's even harder to go it on your own in 2020 and then pretend like all that never happened in 2021.