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Kirk Herbstreit charts college football’s path after NCAA loses NIL ruling: ‘Losing power by the day’


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Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State Buckeyes The quarterback, who serves as a college football analyst on ESPN, explained Monday what he foresees as the sport’s next steps amid the NCAA’s latest legal battle over name, image and likeness (NIL) .

A federal judge on Friday banned the The NCAA must enforce the rules which prohibit the use of NIL compensation to recruit athletes. The judge wrote that the NCAA ban likely violates federal antitrust law and harms athletes.


Herbstreit appeared on OutKick “Don’t @me with Dan Dakich” and offered his perspective on the scope of college football and said he wouldn’t be surprised if some of the biggest college football conferences broke away from the NCAA.

Kirk Herbstreit at the NFL game

Kirk Herbstreit watches from the Amazon Prime TNF broadcast booth before the NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on November 9, 2023. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

“I feel like the NCAA has lost all power in college football,” he said. “I feel like at this point, as we move into this new world, I wouldn’t be surprised. I don’t know how they would get there. You’d take the Big Ten, whatever that is. will 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 form their own world.

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

Herbstreit said commissioners like the SEC’s Greg Sankey, the Big Ten’s Tony Petitt and the ACC’s Jim Phillips over their own conferences and college football should really have “one voice.”

CFP Championship logo

The CFB National Championship logo is seen before the national championship between Michigan and Washington on January 8, 2024, at NRG Stadium in Houston. (David Buono/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


“I would withdraw from the NCAA, create my own governing body, partner with the players. I think we should go through things like NIL and make realistic changes,” he said, adding that the new league should also address revenue sharing.

“You have to talk about the transfer portal, you have to make it more accommodating for players and coaches. Where you have more resistance for a program.”

Herbstreit said this method would make the most sense in order to avoid legal battles or antitrust laws.

“I don’t know how you get there, but I think that’s where we’re headed,” he said. “Players will be employees; you’re late for a meeting, you get fined. Basically, it’ll be the NFL. in college football. Somehow we still have to go to college, talk about the importance of getting an education, even though no one wants to hear that, it’s true.

CFP field

A view of the field logo before the CFP National Championship between Michigan and Washington at NRG Stadium in Houston on January 8, 2024. (Alika Jenner/Getty Images)


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

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