Paul Finebaum doesn’t shy away from blazing takes and, recently, he has been hounding both the Big 12 and Oklahoma. On Wednesday, however, Finebaum may have set a new baseline in demolishing the conference during an interview on SiriusXM College Sports Nation.
The Dallas Morning News brings word from the ESPN college football personality on the Big 12, in which he labels the conference as “a complete trainwreck” at this stage.
“I see the Big 12 as a complete trainwreck. The Big 12 is The Titanic and you can see the iceberg in sight. I love the fact that at the Big 12 meetings the other day, the athletic directors all scoffed at reports with the old Mark Twain line, ‘The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.’ I don’t think we’re exaggerating. You can lay out any set of facts you want and in my mind, they don’t have an answer other than being in a complete state of oblivion.”
There is (far) more from Finebaum on the Big 12 within the confines of the full interview but some of his irritation seems to be with Oklahoma and he doubled down on the notion that the Sooners are trying to escape from the league quickly.
“In this case, I’m not throwing that up against the wall. I believe very strongly, based on information that I’ve been told, that Oklahoma flat-out wants out of the Big 12 as soon as it can get that door open without mortgaging its entire bank account on its future.”
“I think some of it depends on where we are in a couple years. I think if you said today, ‘OK, we are going to lift all the sanctions that if you could go wherever you want today,’ I think Oklahoma would want to land in the SEC. I have no doubt that Oklahoma wants in the SEC.”
There isn’t really any public evidence of this, but Finebaum appears quite certain of the demise of the Big 12 and how it is linked to Oklahoma leaving. Until it happens, though, we are all left to wonder.