Say what you will about Paul Finebaum’s takes on the SEC and college sports overall, but the ESPN analyst is arguably the most passionate fan of the conference on Earth. So with Oklahoma and Texas slated to join his beloved conference, he has a message for the newcomers.
In a four-minute video, Finebaum welcomed Oklahoma and Texas into the fold. He offered rare praise for the programs, not only highlighting their historic football dominance, but how they thrive in almost every sport.
Finebaum said that the domino effect of the two schools joining the SEC will change the landscape of college sports as we know. He pointed to the impending rise of “super conferences” and new TV deals changing the way the game functions for years to come.
“Welcome Texas. Welcome Oklahoma. We can’t wait to make our acquaintance on your campus and at an SEC stadium near you,” Finebaum finished.
Oklahoma and Texas join the SEC as the two most dominant programs in the history of college football. The two programs have a combined 11 national championships in the poll era.
Their Red River Showdown game is one of the biggest and most anticipated in all of American sports.
But perhaps most importantly, the two programs absolutely dominated the Big 12 in football. Oklahoma won 14 Big 12 titles in 25 years in the conference. Texas won significantly fewer with three, but that was still the second-most in the conference.
Their addition to the SEC will change college football in countless ways. And Paul Finebaum can’t wait to see how they do it.