ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit had a blunt admission when discussing the state of his favorite sport.
The sport of college football is changing, fast. With the Name, Image and Likeness rules, the landscape of the sport is changing quickly. Tradition is changing, too – Oklahoma and Texas will leave the Big 12 for the SEC in a couple of years.
Herbstreit shared an honest admission on his feelings this week.
“I hate losing the tradition of the sport. I’ve always been, I guess, naive to it. I’ve tried to be the guy who thinks people care about tradition and rivalries. Clearly, the decision-makers don’t. It’s an arms race and it’s about the money,” Herbstreit admitted.
Of course, many would argue that “tradition” went away long ago. After all, the Big 12 has only been around for a couple of decades. And we had already seen teams like Colorado, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Missouri depart the conference.
“colorado, nebraska, a&m, and missouri had already bounced. i’d liked the original big 12 with the big 8 and texas school merger, but there was no more tradition left in the current big 12 conference,” one fan tweeted.
“What is the longest timespan where conferences stayed the same? There has always been movement,” another fan added.
Many are blaming ESPN for the movement. After all, it’s the massive TV contracts that are spurring these changes.
Of course, there are still many who agree with what Herbstreit is saying.
“This is exactly me … I hate that they are ruining the tradition and history of college football …. That’s what makes college football so great and different than every other sport … Sad really,” one fan added.
Hopefully college football will remain great despite all of the movement.
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