Paul Finebaum: 'Ohio State and Ryan Day drove this bus'
Paul Finebaum is giving plenty of credit to the folks in Columbus for getting the B1G to reconsider its decision to postpone the college football season. He lauded over Ohio State and head coach Ryan Day during ESPN’s Get Up on Wednesday morning.
Day had been one of the more outspoken coaches over the last month, hoping to get football reinstated. Several Buckeye players tweeted out their desire and comfort level with moving forward with a fall schedule, and quarterback Justin Fields launched a petition calling for the conference to reinstate its season.
That petition received over 250,000 signatures within just a few hours.
“This is a very good day for the B1G. They have been in the wilderness for five weeks, they’ve taken a lot of shots, some justified, some not,” Finebaum said. “But in the end, they looked around, saw that everyone else was playing — the SEC coming next week — and they decided to get back in. I think it was the right call.
“In my opinion, if the conference has a champion with a reasonable schedule, they are going to be in the Playoff. I talked to Bob Bowlsby, the Big 12 commissioner, he said if they played seven or eight games ‘We’d be in favor of them being in.’ That’s why they’re making this decision. This is driven, in some ways, because of Ohio State. They have one of the two or three best teams in the country, they have one of the best players in Justin Fields and I think without that, we’re maybe not here today. But in the end, I think Ohio State and Ryan Day, the head coach, drove this bus.”
Ohio State University President Kristina Johnson was one of three university presidents who voted in favor of moving forward with a fall schedule back in August, along with Nebraska and Iowa. Because Day, the players and Ohio State’s administration kept pressing the matter, the B1G decided to reconsider.
.@finebaum is giving Ohio State the credit for the Big Ten's return.
"Ohio State really, and Ryan Day the head coach, drove this bus." pic.twitter.com/fyF4InXt2f
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) September 16, 2020