Paul Finebaum rips Big Ten again, calls the league a 'laughingstock'
In news that has been breaking this week, the Big Ten is reportedly considering starting the football season around Thanksgiving.
That would be an interesting bit of reversal after the league originally decided to postpone football until the spring semester.
SEC Network host Paul Finebaum has been a big critic of the Big Ten and commissioner Kevin Warren, and on Friday, he went after the league again during his show (via 247Sports):
“It’s not going to happen,” Finebaum said. “The reason being is I don’t believe the presidents are going to sign off on this. This is a bunch of coaches who are trying to save the season, who are trying to save the battered face of the Big Ten and I don’t feel they’ll be able to put it off.
“Quite frankly, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. If you start that late you’re really at a tremendous disadvantage. I know they’re talking about playing in domes and indoor stadiums. Once you get past the holidays the interest in your better players participating is going to go down dramatically — your upperclassmen — those who are going to the NFL.”
He even went as far as to call the Big Ten a laughingstock based on the way it has handled this situation:
“I think it’s also an indicator of just how dysfunctional this league has become — what a laughingstock this league has become,” he said. “It’s really sad to say that because five weeks ago the Big Ten was considered the gold standard in big time college football, and now it’s the punchline to almost any joke you can think of.”
Will the Big Ten reverse course? We’ll see what happens in the coming days.