Paul Finebaum reacts to Texas and Oklahoma speculation: 'You're talking about blowing up the system that we now know'
Considering all he’s seen from his time covering college sports, it takes a lot to surprise Paul Finebaum.
The Southeastern Conference managing to potentially add two of the biggest programs in all of college football, and doing it behind closed doors for months without word leaking, has managed to shake even Finebaum.
During a recent SportsCenter appearance, the voice of the SEC Network was asked to share his thoughts on the possible additions of Texas and Oklahoma to the nation’s best conference.
“I think this was one of the most amazing moments in college football history and if this goes the distance, and right now I think there’s a reasonably good chance it will, you’re talking about blowing up the system that we now know,” Finebaum said on the show. “And I think I’ve said that, and you’ve said it now, a lot of people have said it recently, I mean how many times can we say this is one of those seismic moments in college football history?
“We just got through saying it and about 22 days ago, when NIL came along. But the idea that two of the biggest and baddest brands and college football could be moving over to what’s already the best conference, I’m gobsmacked by it. And what does it mean to the rest of the world? What does it mean to all the other leagues, who are trying to catch up and now, almost have no chance.”
Following the pending addition of Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC, Finebaum is left wondering how those moves will reverberate across the sports landscape — not just for college football, but in aspects even outside of sports.
“I’m particularly interested in where are the next moves on the chessboard? Does it stay at 16 in the SEC? Does the Big 12 completely fold? Notre Dame sitting there as the most valuable pawn left,” Finebaum continued. “Do they move to the ACC? Does somebody else move around?
“I mean, frankly, there aren’t that many attractive choices. Notre Dame really is the last of the Mohicans, so to speak, and I don’t know where you go if you’re the ACC outside of Notre Dame, or if you’re the Big 10 especially. Who are you going to pick off that matters?”