Paul Finebaum Criticizes Big Ten Decision Timing
Paul Finebaum criticized the Big Ten for the timing of its decision on Tuesday to cancel fall sports.
Speaking on ESPN this morning, the college football analyst noted that this week’s postponement of the college football season makes very little sense.
“I’m not advocating that anyone do anything that they don’t want to do, but there was simply no reason to shut down yesterday,” he said.
“That’s why there’s such chaos right now. And that’s another reason why the other three leagues I think are holding on for dear life. Whether it’s right or wrong, that will be determined later. They are taking advantage at the lack of direction that the Big Ten is going in.”
One day earlier, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren came out and publicly stated that fall athletics were being put on hold – college football included.
“As you gather information on a daily basis, that’s what day-to-day is,” Warren said.
“We have to still plan. By organizing schedules and making announcements, we made it very clear — I thought I was very clear in that it’s a day-to-day decision, and we’re going to do what’s best for the health and wellness of our student-athletes.”
This came on the heels of a conference-wide vote on Sunday where Nebraska and Iowa were the only two programs to express a desire to play football in the fall.
While the Pac-12 has joined the Big Ten in cancelling fall sports, the ACC, SEC and Big 12 remain undecided. What those conferences ultimately decide to do will have massive implications for college football as a whole.