Right as Texas and Oklahoma were formally accepting invitations to join the Southeastern Conference, college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was questioning the idea on ESPN.

Herbstreit said the best interests of fans and college football decision-makers are not in alignment.

“I’ve tried to be the guy who thinks people care about tradition and rivalries,” Herbstreit said Friday morning. “Clearly, the decision makers don’t. It’s an arms race and it’s about the money.”

The money is certainly a factor, which is something Oklahoma president Joseph Harroz acknowledged on Friday morning. He said it had become clear the Big 12 was “last in line” when it came to things like media rights deals.

To Herbstreit’s point, the Big 12 is now in danger of losing out on several longstanding rivalries. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will no longer be in the same conference. Kansas and Kansas State might not be, either. Other schools in Texas like TCU, Baylor and Texas Tech may end up having to split up as a result of this move.

The Big 12 has accused Herbstreit’s employer, ESPN, of being directly involved in the “destabilizing” the Big 12.

Texas and Oklahoma will join the SEC no later than 2025, but it could also happen sooner than that.