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Nebraska & the Western Conference, 1913

Hawkeyes Willing to Help Cornhuskers Into the Big Nine IOWA CITY, la., June 28. (Special.) Local athletic authorities see In the recent attempt of Nebraska to gain admittance Into the big nine conference a hint of troublo In the Missouri Valley organization. What the attitude of the Cornhuskers would be It they should be given a place In tho western conference has never bren made public; but It Is not likely that thoy would attempt to keep their present position In the younger organization. The attitude of the Nebraakans In tlie matter Is well understood hore, as the Hawkeyes had somo experience a few years ago In attempting to hold mem, bershlp In both conferences. The attempt proved a failure, and almost wrecked Iowa athlotlcs. It Is believed here that the Nebraska authorities are wise enough to realize that no Instltu-tlojjil- d keep a position In both for any length of time, and thu(, therefore, their attempt to secure a place In the older body means that they are anxious to get away from the Missouri Valley. The fact that Iowa and Nebraska have completed arrangements for a final football game at the close of each season lends color to the belief that the westerners are anxious to line up with the big nine. Nebraska occupies much the same position at present that Mlohtgan did In the big nine Just-- before Its withdrawal. Tho Cornhuskers have-no- t been In sym pathy with many of the rules and down by the other members of the .Missouri Valley conference, the summer base ball and tralnlnr table rules, The conference has been forced to compromise on the base ball question, but has refused to recede from Its position on the tralnlnr table Of course, the rules are even stricter In the older conference, but the Cornhusk ers feel that they could submit with better grace there. Athletlo relations between Iowa and Nebraska are very friendly at the present time, and the Hawkeyes will do whatever they can to help their western neighbors Into the big nine. Minnesota Is also favorable, but ' the other- mem bers of the western organization are aald to be somewhat unfavorable to the prop. osltlon because of the distance of the Nebraska Institution from the majority of the schools now composing tho big nine. There Is no doubt that In athletlo ability Nebraska could hold Its own with the majority of the big nine, so there I can be no objection oil this ground.