Nebraska Big 12 Officiating Rumors: Forget It! Just Beat Colorado!

Andrew 'Martie' CarlsonCorrespondent INovember 22, 2010

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 13: Coach Bo Pelini of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads his team onto the field to play the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Kansas 20-3. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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What is the difference between a Texas A&M player and airport security?

Who needs the punchline?  If you saw the game or the video of the "Incident!" then you can probably find a suitable answer.  Let's just say I am not getting in line this weekend to have either look at me through the radiation curtain or touch my junk in the private room.  You don't have enough wrinkled $1 bills for my G-string.

But that is not important!  It's over!  What next?

It's the kids! No matter what you may think of the players that are out there on the field, they are each somebody's kid. They'll be young men when they leave, but for the moment, they are just kids. Every program at Nebraska is full of kids. From the volleyball and wrestling to the track and onto the gridiron—kids, kids, kids.

They can be nothing more because they are the adopted children of every Husker fan, we watch them grow and mature in the nurturing environment we provide them through the University.  We get as emotional as any biological parent when we see them play their last game in Lincoln on Senior day.  That is just the way it is in Nebraska.

The only difference between them and everybody else is that they have the national spotlight thrust upon them on a regular basis. The tremendous amount of pressure that this holds can only be imagined, and no other program in the country does a better job of managing this spotlight. This is a legacy of Tom Osborne and many of the other coaches past and present.  Each player is developed to be the best citizen, student and player they could be.  Thank a coach for this if you ever get the chance.

So Husker fans were upset Saturday, but why?

The playing field was appeared to be unfair and our kids appeared to be playing two opponents. Maybe once or twice, the wrong call was made against our adopted children, but that's one or two times too many. I suspect nothing from the Big 12 if and when the complaint is filed. They have no loyalty to Nebraska, that is one reason why Nebraska is leaving.

So let's all end the rumors right now. Nice to see that although the sensational writer still gets hits on their websites, their integrity is lost. Stop messing with our kids! We will defend them to the end. Now let them get ready for Colorado.

Why would the Big 12 be in favor of Nebraska losing?

Just in case you've forgotten, I would like to remind you that the Big 12 may not be interested in seeing Nebraska winning the title. Capt. Obvious has arrived, but hear me out for a minute. Remember it would not only be the parting shot that other Big 12 schools have dreaded all season long, winning the Big 12 in their last season and continuing onto a BCS bowl game. But there is a line in the severance agreement that states Nebraska would get $1 million back from the fines in the severance package for attending any BCS bowl game.

With $1 million on the table, it would be reasonable to assume that there would be a motive for officiating bias. True or not, it is unfair that Nebraska fans are considered crazy for thinking the officials are being bias. It doesn't take a lot of calls against your team to turn the tide in a close game.  Just the right call at the right time.  Honest mistake or not, that happened Saturday against Texas A&M.

Win against Colorado this week and what will the Big 12's officiating crew look like for the championship?  Makes you wonder.

Bo! What do I say about the press conference this morning at about 11:30 local time? Fearless leader appears to be concerned with his own behavior just as much as rest of the state and anybody anywhere else wearing red on Saturday. Most Nebraskans are willing to forgive a mistake in behavior, we've had a number of players and coaches make mistakes, but I think once is enough. I think everybody involved in any misbehavior got that message from the Chancellor and AD Osborne Sunday afternoon if not sooner. I would bet that Tom said Bo needed to remember the kids first and I am sure he will from now on.  Enough said.

For now lets just think about being at home against the other team leaving the Big 12.  Colorado.  Win that game and we can look forward to the most physical, emotional and memorable victory in the Big 12 Championship. Remember, we get a non-bias officiating crew in the bowl game and won't that be fun?

What I am trying to say is this:

  • Nobody in the Big 12 outside of Nebraska wants us to win.
  • Stop speaking for the kids, if they have something to say they will do it in the right way.
  • Beat Colorado. That's all we should be concerned about.
  • The Big 12 cannot suspend our players after the championship game.
  • Osborne is in charge of the athletic department, I trust it'll be fine.

And with Osborne in charge, we should have nothing to worry about.