Kirk Herbstreit celebrates B1G decision: 'This is a big day for college football'
Wednesday was a day for celebration in the B1G.
In the morning, the B1G confirmed that it was reversing its decision on the fall football schedule, reinstating a season in 2020. The announcement came over a moth after the league postponed the season until spring, becoming the first Power 5 league to make the move back on Aug. 11.
Speaking on SportsCenter on Wednesday, Herbstreit was excited about the big news out of the B1G. It improves the college football brand in 2020 and the longtime ESPN analyst believes it will make the sport even better this fall.
“This is a big day, obviously, for college football,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t say that as a Big Ten guy and a former Ohio State Buckeyes player. I say that as a fan of college football. To not have the Big Ten and Pac-12 included in the CFP and season in general has been strange. We’ve missed having both of those conferences included. We had heard rumors that the presidents may revisit and look at some of the data and testing protocol, and thought it might be a possibility the past four or five days, and now it’s a reality. It’s just a big celebration. It’s great news for the Big Ten and all of college football. We’re all kind of walking on a tight rope as to where the season will go, but it’s exciting.”
With the B1G reversing course on Wednesday, there are now seven conferences participating in a fall season. The three that have postponed are the Pac-12, MAC and Mountain West.
Power 5 football games began last weekend, with teams from the ACC and Big 12 kicking off their seasons. The SEC is scheduled to move forward with a Sept. 26 start date while the B1G will wait until the weekend of Oct. 24 to start.