|Regent Phares comments on Big 10 decision|
UNL Board of Regents chair Bob Phares released the following statement after the University was accepted into the Big 10 sports arena.
“The chancellor and the athletic director have been observing the Big XII Conference dynamics from the inside—a perspective few have.
“Based on that and their concerns about the long-term stability of the conference, they became proactive in exploring their options. Actions already taken by others prior to the meeting validates their concerns.
“You can choose to sit by, wait, and watch what happens and then answer people who will say, “When you saw this coming, why didn’t you do something?”...or you can be proactive to protect the best interests of the university and the State of Nebraska.
“Today’s decision is based on what we believe is best for us in athletics, academics, research potential, and long-term stability.”