“NEW WORLD!!”: Kirk Herbstreit Gets Brutally Honest About The Future Of CFB & Offers Fascinating Solution To Fix It … Will It Happen??

Love him or hate him, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit is arguably the biggest voice in all of college football.

His word and opinion carry weight. When he speaks, people listen … Which is why most people are curious what his stance is on the current landscape of college football.

It’s no secret the sport is facing a big challenge. While it’s more popular than it’s been in a long time, the new world of NIL and the transfer portal has thrown a wrench into the system. 

Appearing on OutKick’s “Don’t @ Me with Dan Dakich,” Herbstreit spoke about the situation and offered some interesting suggestions.

“I feel like the NCAA has lost any power whatsoever in college football,” he said. “I feel like, at this point, as we go to this new world, I would not be surprised. I don’t know how they’d get there. You’d take the Big Ten, whoever it’s going to be – it’s like 60 teams, it’s the Big Ten, it’s the SEC, the ACC and the Big 12 and whoever else – I think they should go form their own world.”

Herbstreit proposed the formation of a new governing body consisting of major conferences such as the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, and Big 12, effectively separating from the NCAA. 

“Create their own governing body. Get one voice, one commissioner, instead of everyone having to get in agreement – these guys don’t always feel comfortable with each other – get one voice,” he said.

He emphasized the need for unity among conference commissioners and the necessity of partnership with players to address issues like NIL compensation and revenue sharing.

Additionally, Herbstreit highlighted the importance of accommodating both players and coaches in areas such as the transfer portal, which has become such an enormous issue. 

“You got to talk about transfer portal, you got to make that more accommodating to the players and the coaches. Where you have more staying power for a program,” he said.

Regarding the potential transition, Herbstreit acknowledged challenges but stressed its inevitability.

“I would pull out away from the NCAA, create my own governing body, I would partner with the players. I think you’d have to go through things like NIL and make some realistic changes,” he said, adding that the new league would also have to address revenue sharing.”

“I don’t know how you’d get there, but I think that’s where we’re headed,” he said. “Players are going to be employees; you’re late to a meeting, you’re fined. It’s basically going to be the NFL in college football.”

“Somehow, we still have to do academics, talk about the importance of getting an education, even though nobody wants to hear that, it is,” he added. 

“Yeah, I think the NCAA is losing power by the day, and I think eventually that’s what I see happening is they’re going to have to form their own world for college football,” he concluded.

Of course, Herbie isn’t the only person to suggest such changes.

What do you think of his ideas?

With no firm guardrails in place, it’s clear that if we continue down the current path we’re on, it’s going to get ugly.

What changes would you make to fix the system???