IOWA CITY — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany was non-committal when asked Thursday if Iowa would remain Nebraska’s opponent on Black Friday beyond 2017.
“I don’t know the answer to that question,” Delany said Thursday at the Iowa football complex. “I don’t think about the conference schedule. We like that Friday.
“We like to use that Friday if we can find a good game to put in it; both Iowa and Nebraska have been willing to play it. I hope they continue to stay flexible and open. I really don’t know where it goes in the future.”
Mark Rudner, the Big Ten senior associate commissioner for television administration, handles league scheduling. In an emailed response to The Gazette, Rudner wrote: “We do not yet have a 2013 schedule. No decision yet on final week opponents.”
Nebraska has played the day after Thanksgiving every year since 1990. As a member of the Big Eight and later the Big 12, the Cornhuskers faced Oklahoma on that day through 1995, then competed against Colorado on Black Friday from 1996 through 2010. When Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the league scheduled Iowa-Nebraska as a season finale, and the schools agreed to play on Black Friday beginning in 2011.
The teams are slated to meet on that day through 2017. ABC has aired the previous two games and will broadcast this fall’s match-up.
Rudner told The Gazette last month the league was considering multiple season finale match-ups when the 2018 schedule is released, including Wisconsin-Nebraska and Iowa-Minnesota.