Nebraska is definitely on the Big Ten's radar for potential expansion, league sources have told ESPN.com, and the feeling apparently is mutual.
Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne met with Ohio State head football coach Jim Tressel on April 19, according to an e-mail Osborne sent to Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman on April 20. ESPN.com colleague Mark Schlabach obtained the e-mail through a records request to Nebraska.
"I think it would be a good time if we met sometime soon regarding the expansion landscape," Osborne wrote to Perlman.
According to reports, Nebraska is one of two Big 12 schools (Missouri is the other) that have been given a Friday deadline by the league's presidents to decide whether they'll remain in the Big 12 or leave for the Big Ten. No formal invitations have been extended by the Big Ten to any expansion candidate, although the Big Ten's presidents and chancellors are meeting right now at league headquarters in Park Ridge, Ill.
In another e-mail obtained through the records request, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe informed the league's athletics directors May 10 that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said nothing had changed regarding the league's original 12- to 18-month timetable for expansion.
Beebe wrote that Delany "affirmed once again that if the Big Ten decides to engage in formal discussions with institutions, he first would contact the commissioner of the conference."