June 10, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement on the future of the Big 12 Conference.
"I am dismayed by the proposed breakup of the Big 12 Conference and the expansion of the Big Ten. These are two well settled conferences that have historic rivalries. Fans and alumni like myself count on those rivalries and look forward to the games, so I question the motivation of schools looking to leave the Big 12.
"Long-standing tradition, school pride and the spirit of teamwork are at the heart of college athletics. Universities should not send a message to students that chasing dollars weighs more heavily than those values."