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Death threats in the Big 12

Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:03 pm

This will probably get me a couple of death threats, but Dan Beebe was right in not going to Lincoln, Neb. on Friday.

In a story that may have been buried because of the big football weekend, the Big 12 commissioner said that he feared for his safety and that of other conference employees had they traveled to Nebraska to present the Big 12 North Division trophy. The commissioner is traditionally on hand, but not always, to present a trophy for division titles.

"I've been involved in major institutions and had some major feedback," said Beebe, a former NCAA enforcement officer, "Obviously, I've suspended players and coaches, fined coaches but I've never had the volume and degree of vile nasty messages. It's not just me, it's several on our staff. It's the most disgusting things that people would ever say to anybody."

Beebe estimated that 2,000 messages made it to the Big 12 office in the week leading up to Nebraska's 45-17 win Friday over Colorado. He was so concerned about some of the threats that Beebe said he didn't think it was proper to send even Ed Stewart, a former Nebraska player, who works in the Big 12 office.

"It's really pretty shameful," Beebe told in an interview over the weekend. "My wife and my family weren't too thrilled with me going up there. I reviewed it with folks that I've dealt with in security before. They said, 'Hey, this is not something you want to mess with until we figure it out more.' I didn't want to do anything to take away from the great accomplishment of the Nebraska players. It's not their fault."

Beebe was in Stillwater, Okla. Saturday night for the South Division showdown between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

The commissioner said some of the negative messages, which he termed "disparaging", were directed to his daughter's Facebook page. She is a college student.

I hope Nebraska doesn't have to be told, again, this is beyond reprehensible. The negative reaction from Nebraska toward the Big 12 seemed to intensify after linebacker Eric Martin was suspended following a helmet-to-helmet hit on an Oklahoma State player in late October. Beebe stressed that he believes the messages came from only a fraction of Husker Nation. There now seems to be a lunatic fringe out there who actually believe that the Big 12 has conspired against Nebraska in its last year in the conference before going to the Big Ten. When I linked to a Beebe story on Friday and posted on my Twitter account saying that it, "made my stomach turn," some of the reactions surprised me.

At that point, I began to understand what Beebe was feeling.

We can only hope this is a very small group of delusional radicals. Beebe balanced the tradition of handing out a piece of hardware against the possibility of being harmed by one of these crackpots. I know what I'd do. He said some Nebraskans have called to apologize for the crazoids but that they're "about a one-to-200 proportion."

Nebraska fans, some of the best in the country, are now earning a dark and sinister rep, fair or not. This is two weeks in a row they have made Big 12, and national, news. A lot of us criticized Bo Pelini after his outbursts in the Texas A&M. Pelini was sincere, apologized and moved on. He didn't let the episodes ruin a sterling coaching career.

But what has happened last week indicates a chronic problem. Let's hope that Nebraska doesn't leave the Big 12 with some sort of stain. You can already foresee an awkward moment next Saturday if Nebraska wins the final Big 12 trophy. Imagine Beebe presenting the trophy to Pelini with boos cascading down from the Cowboys Stadium stands.

"I don't have any reservations about giving them the trophy," Beebe told me. "If their kids win it, they deserve it. By that time we'll sort out if there are any kind of maniacs that we have to be aware of."

Nebraska doesn’t deserve this. It is going to a conference that is noble and full of class. To this point, its program has been noble and full of class.

Beebe was asked if all this has altered his opinion of Nebraska.

"I haven't had anything but great experiences with Nebraska fans and people of Nebraska," he said. "I also know this represents a very, very small portion of a fan base that's classy."

Let's hope that while it takes those Big Ten millions in the future, Nebraska also contributes to its new conference's tradition, in the right way.

Those who don't agree with me know how to reach me. And that scares me.

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Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:50 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

You aren't giving me much of a choice there.... what my commentary was dealing with would be the influx of new members commenting on the blog, which seemd to increase greatly with the posting of this article

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:42 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

There are idiots in every fan base, but it was totally classless of Dan Beebe to NOT show up or send a representative to present the trophy to Nebraska. You mean to tell me that he didn't think he could fly into town, get in a car, be driven to the stadium to present a trophy and go back to his hotel until his flight out of town without getting attacked? It's not like he had to walk down the middle of the street with a blinking neon "Hey, I'm Dan Beebe and I hate your school" sign above his head. 99.9% of the people that made those idiotic threats probably wouldn't even RECOGNIZE Dan Beebe if they were standing next to him in a bar complaining about him.

This was clearly a lamea$$ last ditch attempt for Dan Beebe to flip Nebraska the bird on the way out the door. I would expect similar actions from a classmate in my daughter's 2nd Grade class, not from an adult that is the Commisiioner of a major college athletic conference. I can't wait for his conference to crumble to pieces.

How's that new TV contract looking now that Texas is negotiating their OWN TV deal with ESPN to have the Longhorn Network distributed by ESPN? Still think those gaudy projections on money are going to be the same? What a clown.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:59 am

Death threats in the Big 12

I love this time of Year. The Wizard of OZ is always on and you and your Blog fit right in.  Good luck in your quest for a Brain Scare Crow. Whoops, I met Courage, Now wait what you really need is a Heart. You will soon realize that Wizard Bebe is a fraud and try and find some Ruby Slippers like the Huskers have. Until then its  Sooners, Tigers, and Husker Fans Oh My.

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:01 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Wow kirby515, could you be anymore myopic?  How does a few delusional fans represent an entire fanbase?  Why don't you read the entire thread before jumping to that kind of conclusion?  Even fans that have no vested interest in NU football remark that Beebe is being exceptionally difficult, & used this nonsense as an excuse to not give the Huskers their due for winning the Big XII north.

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:43 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Nub fans would have probably even defended Carl Pelini if he would have pulled out a knife and stuck it in the student assitant camera person gut after the AM game.  Sick.....

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:40 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

How you could even try and defend somthing like death threats in this post is all other college football fans need to know about Nub fans. 

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:22 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Shew, good thing the President of the United States doesn't stay home everytime he gets a death threat.  It's part of Beebe's job and I guarantee it is not the first time he or a family member have received any kind of a threat.  This is more about making a political statement and attacking the fan base of Nebraska.  What else does he have to attack, so why not attack the fan base.  He is no more threatened going to the Nebraska game than he is traveling to work today. 

cornhuskerfox--I'm not the biggest fan of Tom Shatel but he made an interesting comment in one of his recent columns.  He was of the opinion that the trophy presentation could have been made in the Huskers locker room.  Short of the SAC Air Base in Omaha, that locker room is probably the most secure place/sight in the whole of Nebraska.  Now if Beebe was uncomfortable in attending the game and presenting the trophy, why would he even suspect that anyone else from his office would even be recognized in Memorial Stadium that would be sent there to hand out the trophy? 

In fact, how would anyone even know that Beebe was at the game?  That's why God invented skyboxes.  He had the "threats to his person" for weeks and only now they come to light?  And Dennis Dodd fears for his life?  Two things, Mr. Dodd, if you fear for your life, then you're in the wrong profession.  Secondly, why would a true Husker fan even bother to threaten you?  Your blog, sir, was  assinine (sp?) rhetoric that was ill thought out as to be at best satirical in nature.  You might get laughed out of your profession from Nebraska fans, but we would never bother with threatening you. 

Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 6:17 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

I guess that 3-9 Football Season makes you attack other teams fan bases huh?   You actually call us classless, and for some reason state that MU fans are classless as well?
My experiences in Columbia have been nothing but great with a bunch of great college football fans that love there team like NU loves theirs!
My trips to Lawrence have ended in profane slurs hurled at me, beers thrown on my wife, and car vandalism.  So when it come to classless fans there is no doubt that Kansas Fans are the worst I have ever encountered!

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 5:49 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

DMR37, I traveled to Columbia last year, ate food at the Mizzou tailgaters, wore my TEXAS shirt, and the fans were great.  They were kind enough to leave their homecoming game by halftime so I could drive back to Joplin that night.  Come to think of it, the Nebraska fans, like their team, are kind enough to roll over and play dead while the Longhorns beat them most every year..

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 5:25 pm

Death threats in the Big 12

Beebe's worst nightmare is about to happen. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are poised to walk away with the Big 12 Championship as they leave for the Big 10 Conference. Whether they do or not remains to be seen. But this is going to be Hell Week for Beebe with the anticipation that he may be handing over the championship trophy to Nebraska AD Tom Osborne who will then hand it over to Coach Bo Pelini.
None of this is meant to minimize the alleged death threats sent via e-mail to the Big 12 office by Husker fans. If it's true, all of those messages as someone else pointed out, are traceable by law enforcement. Obviously Beebe was taking the threats seriously since he did not show up in Lincoln to present the Huskers with the Big 12 North trophy on Friday. I hope if his concern was that great, that law enforcement officials are involved with apprehending the offenders. If they aren't, then I would have to question why not?
Although traceable, e-mails can come from anywhere like Ames, Austin or College Station and claim to be Husker supporters. They could even come from Big 12 interns.
Probably Beebe's only realistic concern over a death threat was when Nebraska announced they were leaving for the Big 10. Panic set in. What other teams would be leaving and would the Big 12 survive? If there's no conference, then there's no need for a commissioner. Right, Mr. Beebe? 

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