Paul Finebaum blasts Nebraska: 'They're lucky to be in the B1G'
A third ESPN employee is using his words to blast Nebraska for recent comments about exploring all possibilities when it comes to playing football in the fall, despite the B1G’s decision to postpone fall sports.
Wednesday, Paul Finebaum chimed in on Nebraska’s comment following the B1G’s decision. While the Huskers made no mention of leaving the conference, Finebaum joins Desmond Howard and Michael Wilbon at ESPN for criticizing the school for continuing to look for ways to play football in the fall.
“I think Kevin Warren would probably win a lot of support in his league that he needs to win back by just sending a letter to the chancellor at Nebraska and saying, ‘Hey, thanks. We’ll see you guys later.
“By the way, where is Nebraska going? We don’t even know if there’s going to be college football on the face of the earth and Nebraska is complaining that it wants to play. It’s really ridiculous to think about. …And at last check, I cover the national championship game every year, I haven’t seen Nebraska anywhere near the national championship game in about 20 years.
“I think its ludicrous, absurd and quite embarrassing for the University of Nebraska to be making this type of noise. They’re lucky to be in the B1G.”
.@finebaum went OFF on Nebraska wanting to play football outside of the Big Ten this season.
"I haven't seen Nebraska anywhere near the National Championship game in about 20 years. I haven't seen them come close. … They're lucky to be in the Big Ten." pic.twitter.com/BGK6CNQ2lg
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) August 12, 2020
Finebaum’s comments came after Howard ripped the Huskers during Get Up.
“I would demand a public apology from Nebraska. If I’m Kevin Warren, right now, I’m working on a way to get their ass out of the B1G,” Howard said on Get Up. “They’re not Notre Dame, baby. They don’t have that cache.”
Howard’s comments on Wednesday echoed those of fellow ESPN personality Michael Wilbon of Pardon the Interruption. Wilbon, a Northwestern alum, said he’d also tell Nebraska to leave the league.
“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.”
B1G commissioner Kevin Warren told Yahoo Sports that Nebraska cannot “go rogue” for a year and still be a member of the B1G Conference. At this time, the Huskers haven’t responded to Warren’s comment.
Apparently at ESPN, Wednesday is “Rip Nebraska Day.”