Paul Finebaum blasts Pac-12 university president's 'predatory SEC' comments
Washington State president Kirk Schulz didn’t shy from calling out the SEC when discussing conference realignment.
“If we add teams just to try to keep up with somebody else but those teams don’t grow our revenue base, do we really need to add them?’’ Schulz, one of three presidents on the Pac-12 CEO Group’s agenda-driving executive committee, told the Mercury News. “What the SEC has done is unify the other conferences in a way that nothing else could have, in terms of working together. A lot of people now are very concerned about the predatory nature of the SEC. More presidents are talking. There’s a lot of back and forth.”
SEC Network host Paul Finebaum took issue with the “predatory nature” comment made by Schulz.
“You’re the president of a university, Dr. Schulz. Do you understand the definition of ‘predatory’? You probably wouldn’t at Washington State,” Finebaum said, per 247Sports. “… I also seem to remember the Pac-12 going after Colorado and (Utah) a couple of years ago. Maybe you’re the one who’s predatory. Did Colorado and (Utah) help your bottom line significantly? All those television sets in Salt Lake and Boulder now watching your games? But I need to know more about Schulz, because the idea of accusing the SEC of being predatory — Dr. Schulz, do you remember 10 years ago when your league tried to hijack the Big 12? That’s what’s so funny about all this. I get that Texas may have been the instigator but you were also the receiver. It was nearly a merger 11 years ago between the Pac-12 and Big 12 .. So now you’re accusing others? I’ll say it for the billionth time: The SEC took a phone call. That’s all they did. This is not a shameless defense of the SEC. I’ll leave that to others. I’m just spitting the truth here.”
One thing’s for sure, Oklahoma and Texas has everyone sharing their thoughts on conference realginment.