University of Nebraska Becomes Official Member of Big Ten Conference – BIG TEN OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

Park Ridge, Ill. — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) became an official member of the Big Ten Conference today, increasing the Big Ten’s membership to 12 institutions for the first time in conference history. The addition of Nebraska marks the Big Ten’s first expansion since Penn State University joined the conference in June of 1990.

On June 11, 2010, the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors announced unanimous approval of the University of Nebraska’s application to join the conference effective July 1, 2011, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2011-12 academic year. UNL has already been granted admission into the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago. These world-class research institutions have advanced their academic missions, generated unique opportunities for students and faculty and served the common good by sharing their expertise, leveraging campus resources and collaborating on innovative programs.

Nebraska’s first Big Ten event as an official member of the conference will take place at the 2011 Football Media Days and 40th annual Kickoff Luncheon. This year’s event will be held on Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon feature all 12 head coaches and some of the nation’s top returning players.

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