University of Nebraska system president Ted Carter was talking to Bob Hinson, director of the National Strategic Research Institute, before a press conference when he was heard discussing the announcement.
As ESPN's Dave Wilson noted, the Big Ten currently holds the media rights for Nebraska sports programs, including football. This always made the Huskers and any other league member playing outside the conference unlikely even for one season.
Both players are alleged to have committed sexual assault in a Lincoln apartment in August. After learning of the allegations, the team suspended them indefinitely on Aug. 28 before announcing in December that they received 2.5-year suspensions.