Rumor killer: Big Ten not going to poach recent College Football Playoff team from Big 12

Dec 2, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA;  The Big 12 and WWE logo on the field after the game between the
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The Big Ten won't be stealing TCU from the Big 12 according to longtime college football radio host Greg Swaim, who reaffirmed the notion that the B1G won't be poaching schools that lack AAU accreditation.

"Don't know where it's coming from, but someone pushing a rumor of TCU to the B1G," Swaim prefaced before saying," I can assure you that is 100% categorically wrong. They're not AAU accredited, and the Big Ten will not be adding schools that are not AAU accredited."

Swaim previously reported that the Big Ten's AAU accreditation requirements would preclude the conference from taking FSU and Clemson.

"I don't know how many times I have to bring this up, but of thirteen B1G schools I have quality sources for, eleven of them tell me in no uncertain terms that their school will absolutely, positively NOT vote in a school that is not AAU accredited," Swaim wrote.

Big Ten AAU accreditation rules can have Nebraska part of future realignment

The B1G's AAU requirements are more relevant now with seemingly the entire country up for grabs. Landing USC and UCLA changed the game for college sports, opening the door for wild conference realignment like Stanford, Cal, and SMU joining the ACC.

Given the Big Ten's views on AAU, it wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see Nebraska eventually look for a Big 12 return; becoming the Big 12's flagship program immediately and filling the void left by Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC.

The B1G has been a rough fit for the Cornhuskers so far, and though the Big Red fanbase will never stop cheering for them, the wear and tear from years of losing may reach a breaking point with the boosters sometime in the near future. The costs of firing big name coach after big name coach in the Big Ten could be offset by taking a lesser deal in the Big 12 and becoming a perennial contender.