Rece Davis speaks about what conference realignment does to traditions and history in CFB
Rece Davis, the ESPN College GameDay host, spoke on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Thursday about the news of USC and UCLA reportedly moving to the Big Ten. One of the major changes to such a move is the annual traditions, rivalries and overall history that shift when programs move.
“It’s understandable from a business standpoint, and if you take a pragmatic view the way the enterprise is evolving,” Davis said. “From a standpoint of nostalgia, and some of the intricacies that make college football unique. It’s sad because there was always this regional pride, and it was manifested on New Year’s Day in the Rose Bowl with the Pac-8, Pac-10, Pac-12 and the Big Ten. The SEC had it as well and you’re able to do all these back and forth bragging rights. There was always the debate about which conference was better.”
An expanded College Football Playoff will be another test, Davis said, about whether West Coast football is up to snuff.
“Maybe it’s an inevitable thing, that it has to be this way in order to sustain and maximize itself financially,” Davis said. “There’s something lost. Any time you make a change like this, you lose something and I think that we are losing something in terms of tradition, history and those things might not write checks to pay for new coaches and all of that sort of thing. But it does have value and it’s part of the thing that makes it popular among fans, and it’ll take some getting used to.”