ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit is not hiding his true feelings when it comes to looming SEC expansion.
He doesn’t like it.
On Friday, Herbstreit spoke about Oklahoma and Texas joining the SEC during an appearance on Sportscenter.
And he made it clear that his biggest concern with the expansion is the possible death of Big 12 rivalries and traditions.
“It’s all about money,” said Herbstreit. “It’s no longer about tradition. It’s no longer about the things that I think college football has always kinda tried to stand itself on and on top of and really look at and appreciate rivalries and tradition and things of that nature.”
“I just hate losing the tradition of the sport,” added Herbstreit. “I’ve been, I guess, naive to it. I’ve always tried to be the guy that’s like no, we’re gonna hold onto our traditions. People care about those traditions. They care about those rivalries.”
“Clearly the decision-makers don’t and we’re now an arms race. It’s about the money.”
Herbstreit isn’t wrong.
While I think expansion could ultimately be a good thing for college football (for reasons I mentioned during a recent recording of the Big Orange Podcast), it doesn’t come without some negatives. And one of the big negatives is how it will impact traditions and rivalries.
Will we see Oklahoma and Oklahoma State playing after the Sooners move to the SEC?
What about Texas and Texas Tech?
Unfortunately, there will be major changes to college football as we know it because of expansion. But at the same time, it means that new rivalries will emerge (who doesn’t want to see Oklahoma and Georgia playing more often, or Florida and Texas).
Right now there are a lot of unknowns. We’re all entering this new world of college football together. And none of us — including Herbstreit — knows how it will turn out.
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