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Nebraska unanimously accepted into the Big Ten

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PARK RIDGE, ILLINOIS (KWWL) -- It's official.  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will join the Big Ten Conference effective July 1, 2011.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors announced late Friday afternoon their unanimous approval after a teleconference.

Competition in all sports will begin for the 2011-12 academic year.

This is the first expansion of the Big Ten since Penn State joined in June of 1990 and now brings the total number of teams in the conference to 12.

In order to join the conference, a school must submit a written application, which must be approved by at least 70% of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors.

Those at the University of Iowa seem excited to have Nebraska join the Big Ten and are expecting a rivalry to build between the two schools.

University of Iowa President, Sally Mason, said "They are a perfect fit, and I'm certain that our fans will quickly embrace having a new rival in all sports."

Director of Athletics, Gary Barta, says, "I expect Iowa and Nebraska to quickly develop a healthy athletic rivalry that will stir the passions of our respective fans and captivate the region and the nation. Much of what makes college athletics great involves the rivalries that develop over the years, and the Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers are a natural to grow into one of the nation's next marquee rivalries."

Head football coach, Kirk Ferentz, said, "I would anticipate the reaction to this development by players and fans to be extremely enthusiastic. From my vantage point, Nebraska is a natural and positive fit in all regards and this announcement is a real credit to all of those involved in providing leadership in the Big Ten."

The new coach on campus, head Men's Basketball coach, Fran McCafferey, is also excited about what Nebraska can bring for that sport.  He said, "I'm the new kid on the block, so all I would add to this discussion would be an appreciation for all that the University of Nebraska brings to our conference athletically and academically. I wholeheartedly agree that Nebraska appears to be a perfect fit."

Iowa and Nebraska have met on the football field 41 times since 1891, with the first game being played in Omaha.  Iowa won that game 22-0.

Since then, the Hawkeyes are 12-26-3 all-time against Nebraska, with the Hawkeyes losing the last meeting between the two teams on September 23, 2000 in Lincoln, 13-42.

The last time Iowa beat Nebraska was 10-7 win at Kinnick Stadium on September 12, 1981.

Over the history of the series, 13 games have been played at Kinnick Stadium, 17 in Lincoln, eight in Omaha and two in Council Bluffs.

The Hawkeyes are 5-8 at home against Nebraska and 6-18-3 away from Kinnick Stadium against Nebraska.

Nebraska will also seek admission into the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, which can occur on or before July 1, 2011.

Nebraska is the second team in two days to announce they are leaving the Big 12 Conference.  The University of Colorado-Boulder announced on Thursday that they will leave the conference to join the Pac-10 Conference.

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