Big Ten Conference Gets its 12th Member

UNL-Official-SealThe University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is set to join the Big Ten Conference after the latter’s members unanimously approved the former’s application to join.

UNL’s Board of Regents approved the resolution to join Big Ten, which granted membership Friday, June 11.

The Big Ten Conference is the United States‘ oldest Division I college athletic conference. Despite the name, it has eleven member institutions, which are located primarily in the Midwestern United States, stretching from Iowa and Minnesota in the west to Pennsylvania in the east.

The membership however will not be effective until July 2011. UNL is currently a member of the Big 12 Conference. It is the second team to declare intentions of leaving from Big 12 in the last two days. The University of Colorado said that it would be joining the Pacific-10 Conference in 2012.

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said that the move “will bring Nebraska the stability that the Big 12 cannot.”