LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini was asked about the Big Ten's conference expansion on Monday during his weekly press conference.
“I guess I was a little surprised, but I haven’t really thought much about it. To me, when I hear the two schools that are being talked about I understand why," said Pelini. "Obviously I assume it has to do with the east coast and the New York market. Whoever they put on our schedule we will play. Those decisions are made way over my head.”
The official announcement of Maryland joining the Big Ten conference happened Monday. ScarletReport.com (FOX Sports NEXT) reported a Rutgers press conference announcing their move to the Big Ten will happen Tuesday.
Pelini was asked if an east coast market could help in recruiting going forward for Nebraska?
“We hit those areas, obviously we got one guy to commit out of those areas we have signed a couple kids out of the (Washington) DC, Virginia market and Maryland. We have a very active presence in (New) Jersey and in that area. Will that change how we approach it? We’ve had some very different recruiting areas and different changes that we have had to go through," said Pelini.
"It’s kind of like everything else, you kind of wait and see and try and figure it out and make the decisions that feel will be best for the program in the long term. Like I said, this program has gone with the changes of a conference and everything we have gone through seems like it has been one change after another and I think what we have done well is we have kept a solid base in certain areas. We dive into some other areas and see what kind of reception we get and kind of play it by ear as we go along.”