Kirk Herbstreit reacts to Thursday’s major college football news


SAN JOSE, CA – JANUARY 05: ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit attends the playoff party at GlassHouse on January 5, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for ESPN)

The college football we once knew and loved is changing rapidly. Like it or not, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t think the changes are complete just yet.

Two big Pac-12 and West Coast brands, USC and UCLA, are leaving the conference for the Big Ten, according to multiple reports.

This move is bound to have an even bigger ripple effect than when Texas and Oklahoma announced they were leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. Why? The dam has been breached and further removals are likely underway.

Herbstreit shared his thoughts on Thursday’s top college football news on Thursday afternoon’s edition of sports center.

“I think OU and Texas were the first dominoes and now USC and UCLA are the next dominoes,” said Kirk Herbstreit, as transcribed by Walk3. “And I don’t think we’re done. I think Heather [Dinich] said is only the reality of our world. We don’t have to agree with that, we can jump up and down if we’re traditionalists. What the hell is going on with OU and Texas in the SEC, and now USC and UCLA in the Big Ten? Keep your seat belt on as they are not over. … It’s very, very difficult for the ACC, the Big 12 and the Pac-12 to compete with the big two.

“And honestly, I think that’s our future. I haven’t spoken to anyone, but I think that’s where this thing, when the dust comes back, that’s where we’ll be. With about 50-55 teams, half of them in the Big Ten, the other half in the SEC. If we simplify it, think AFC, NFC in the NFL. On Saturdays, you’re going to have three divisions: West, Middle, and East or South, and that’s what it’s going to be. I think there are going to be very difficult decisions because [it’s] going to prevent a lot of teams that want to be part of that future and they won’t be invited. So it will be more haves or have-nots in college athletics.

Buckle up, college football fans. Other changes may be on the way.

The Big Ten will likely make a run after other major West Coast programs like Oregon and maybe even Washington.

Who knows? Maybe the SEC will get involved again.


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