Report: Four other Big 12 schools besides Nebraska asked to join Big Ten in 2010
It has been years since the Big Ten actually had 10 teams, but according to a new report from the Omaha World-Herald, the league considered an option back in 2010 that would have brought four additional Big 12 schools (aside from Nebraska) into the fold, bringing the conference to 16 members.
The report indicates that along with the Huskers, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M all inquired about moving to the Big Ten in 2010 as part of a package deal. Sources say the reception from Big Ten officials was positive, but that creating a revenue-sharing plan ended up being the sticking point in the deal. In the end, Nebraska was the only Big 12 school that made the move, with the Big Ten later adding Maryland and Rutgers to reach its current number of 14 teams.
The article continues on to say that several media members who regularly cover the Big 12 are not sure if the conference's current 10 members will stay together over the next decade, adding that the Big Ten has already \"done its homework to evaluate Oklahoma and Kansas as potential members.\"