ESPN host, Northwestern grad Michael Wilbon blasts Nebraska for looking at options to play football
An ESPN show host and Northwestern alum sounded off on Nebraska on Tuesday for its comments on possibly looking to play in another league for the 2020 season.
On Tuesday, the B1G made the announcement that it will postpone all fall sports in 2020 in hopes of resuming in spring. It was the first Power 5 conference to make the call, followed closely by the Pac-12.
Nebraska didn’t seem to thrilled with that response from the B1G and fired off a statement saying it planned to explore other options. Michael Wilbon, a longtime ESPN reporter and co-host of Pardon the Interruption, was not happy about that.
“I’m going to applaud the presidents for not listening to the likes of people at Nebraska, who are doing the biggest whining,” Wilbon said, according to 247Sports. “The B1G has operated for 116 seasons, mostly damn successful without Nebraska, which has been around for the last nine…You know what, I hope somebody on that call said to Nebraska’s representatives, even its president, get the hell out. If you wanna turn and tuck tail after you received $52 million of guaranteed TV money every year, then go. Go somewhere else.
“What an inflated sense of self the Nebraska football program has that hasn’t done a damn thing in a decade or more. They’ve done nothing. I hope someone says get out. I understand the football coaches want to play and the players want to play. I want to see them play. But the presidents have to exert something, exercise something that we haven’t seen in the pandemic and that’s leadership.”
Shortly after the B1G made its decision on fall sports, Nebraska released the following statement:
“We are very disappointed in the decision by the Big Ten Conference to postpone the fall football season, as we have been and continue to be ready to play.
“Safety comes first. Based on the conversations with our medical experts, we continue to strongly believe the absolute safest place for our student athletes is within the rigorous safety protocols, testing procedures, and the structure and support provided by Husker Athletics.
“We will continue to consult with medical experts and evaluate the situation as it emerges. We hope it may be possible for our student athletes to have the opportunity to compete.”
Scott Frost made similar comments on Monday during a press conference, saying the Huskers wanted to play a B1G schedule, but that the school would look for different options if it was necessary.