'He flat out blew it': Paul Finebaum weighs in on how B1G commissioner has handled football season
Kevin Warren’s first year on the job as B1G commissioner has been incredibly hectic. If you scripted a Hollywood film, there probably wouldn’t be this many obstacles in such a short period of time.
But big-time positions require big-time decisions. And so far, Warren has dropped the ball as the conference made one of the most important decisions in its existence.
The B1G became the first Power 5 conference to opt out of football and fall sports this year, postponing the season until spring. But, so far, the league has provided very few answers behind its decision-making process. It appears the commissioner and the college presidents and chancellors moved forward without much input from the players, parents, coaches and athletic directors.
On Thursday morning’s edition of Get Up on ESPN, Finebaum said the toothpaste is out of the tube, and that it’s hard for the B1G to go back now.
“It’s too late,” Finebaum said. “You can’t put the genie back in the bottle. While I respect Kevin Warren and know him moderately well, he’s proving to be a rookie in the biggest moment of his career. It’s the biggest moment in college football’s existence and he continues to fail. I wish I could do it over again? That’s like running a stop sign during your driver’s test. Come on. He flat out blew it.
“Now, I’m not saying he blew the decision. We don’t know yet whether that’s the right decision or not. But he has stumbled around. he still can’t get it right. He issued a statement. Now he’s not sure whether he can meet with parents, how tone deaf can you be?”
After eight days of silence, Warren fired off a two-page letter to the B1G community, providing explanations behind the conference’s decision to postpone football and fall sports. However, there still weren’t many details provided.
On Friday, B1G parents, led by Randy Wade, the father of Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade, will be peacefully protesting outside the B1G office in Chicago.