Paul Finebaum on potential alliance in response to SEC: 'It's a desperate move'
At this point in the game, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum doesn’t believe there’s anything the remaining power conferences can do that would be an effective response to the SEC’s addition of Texas and Oklahoma.
The landscape of college athletics has shaken quite a bit over the last month. The news that Texas and Oklahoma wanted out of the Big 12 and have since been admitted to the SEC has left commissioners from the Big 12, B1G, ACC and Pac-12 scrambling for an answer.
Right now, that answer is for the B1G, ACC and Pac-12 to form an “alliance,” according to a report from Max Olson of The Athletic. But Finebaum doesn’t believe that would really mean much.
“I think it’s a desperate move that signifies absolutely zero (for the SEC),” Finebaum told McElroy and Cubelic on WJOX Monday morning. “What difference does it make if the ACC, B1G, Pac-12 and anyone else schedule games. I mean, that already happens. It doesn’t affect the most important aspect of the Texas, Oklahoma move that the SEC has simply left everyone else in the dust and has the first true super conference and the biggest brands and the best value in college football.
“You can get all the games you want between Southern Cal and North Carolina and Clemson and Michigan. So what? We already have these type of games.”
A potential alliance could help the three leagues in terms of scheduling, television deals and more without the hassle of teams switching leagues. It would also include a “broader cooperation” as the three leagues would be able to vote together on issues such as College Football Playoff expansion.
Finebaum admitted that the B1G is probably in a better situation than the other leagues. A massive television deal with FOX has resulted in the league having the most lucrative revenue share among Power 5 conferences.
It could move to second place with Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC.
So far, there’s been no answer from the remaining Power 5 leagues to the SEC’s power play. Maybe there won’t be. But even if those three leagues do form an alliance, Finebaum doesn’t think it bothers the SEC.