Kansas, which is having a little bit of a year as it is, finds itself caught up in the Big Ten's necessarily accelerated expansion timetable and its future very much in peril. And like all cornered animals, it's resorting to some very unseemly measures to save its birdlike neck:
Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little urged her Nebraska counterpart Monday to remain in the Big 12 and help avoid a potential calamity for the Jayhawks.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Gray-Little said she got no indication of what Harvey Perlman might recommend when he meets with Nebraska regents on Friday. She said she also planned to call Missouri chancellor Brady J. Deaton with the same message.
If that's not emasculating enough, they're even deigning to collude with that other Kansas-based institution:
Kansas and Kansas State, fierce rivals for decades, have vowed to work together.
“That’s been our commitment and our plan, to the extent that it’s possible, that we would work together, that we would intend to be in the same conference and have the opportunity to play one another and continue a great tradition of rivalry."
The good Doctor draws a sheet over the proceedings:
Last week, in response to reporters wondering where a Big Ten offensive would leave KU, athletic director Lew Perkins asked them, "How do you know they [the Big Ten] haven't called us?" I believe Gray-Little has answered his question.