LINCOLN — The Big Ten commissioner is well aware of Nebraska's interest in playing a football game each season on Black Friday, like NU has for the past 23 years and will for at least the next three.
Jim Delany, in town for the Memorial Stadium east side dedication, said he doesn't see why a day-after-Thanksgiving Husker appearance can't continue — though he makes no guarantees.
The league schedule gets reshuffled next in 2016.
“I don't see locking Nebraska into it,” Delany said. “What I see is that's a great day to play college football for us. I'm hopeful Nebraska and others will continue to be interested in it. It's a game that gives you a national television audience without nearly as much competition.
“If Nebraska were interested and we could find the right game, it works well from a TV perspective.”
Is the right game for Nebraska against Wisconsin, which next season becomes an annual opponent, instead of current Black Friday foe Iowa?
“People here are way ahead of me,” Delany said, chuckling. “I was asked questions about it this morning at Iowa, so they seem to be interested. They used the same word — lock in — and I gave them the same answer.”
Delany, in his 25th season as boss of the Big Ten, completed his 12-campus tour Thursday by hitting Iowa in the morning, Minnesota at midday and Nebraska in the afternoon.
At each stop, he spoke to the football teams about how big of a stage they are on while playing Big Ten football.
“When I came 25 years ago,” Delany said, “there were 10 games on ABC — eight of which were regional — and six on ESPN, and ESPN was smaller than BTN.
“Today, everything is televised. BTN is available internationally. It's a big stage that carries with it a lot of responsibilities. So be smart, look out for yourself and look out for your teammates.”