But we are going to do the game regardless of who was in it. It's like sitting at a poker table. I have to play with whatever is given to me and do the best I can. But I'm enthused about this game. I was recently telling my lifelong friend Drew Esocoff, who directs
Now, listen, I understand anyone who wants to say: I saw that movie. It was the Field Goal Battle of the Century and I don't want to see it again. But I think it will be a little bit differently this time, and we will have some touchdowns scored. It's not going to be a wild, high-scoring affair. It's not going to be Wisconsin-Oregon. But the system says they identify the two best teams, and they'll compete for the BCS Championship. That is the system we have and we play it out.
Now how forthcoming are they? Very good question. If I was to walk up to Saban and Miles alone and ask them something about an injury, they would be honest with me. If we were sitting in a room with a lot of people, I think that Saban is a little more guarded than Les is. If he's not sure who he is talking to, he wants to be careful, as many football coaches are. But I look forward to them. Long before I worked with Kirk Herbstreit, Dick Vermeil and I did a whole bunch of Michigan State games. He enjoyed talking to Saban and that's how I got my education with Nick. Both are good guys but I run through my mind the differences and there is a little more sandlot with Les.
But in terms of talking just between the white lines and going forward, and the academic prowess of the institutions of the Big Ten, you are going to be on the positive side of that, and simply because you have a business relationship. You can never forget that. You have to be very mindful of that and don't pretend otherwise. I'm not going to be the investigative reporter that walks in and starts uncovering the misery of these institutions and what may or may not have gone down. I always thought at CBS it was great having
Then he stepped aside and I figured his stepping aside was because he was not getting the job. The puzzling thing about Sandusky to me was that he was never hired somewhere else. I always wondered about that. Maybe I saw him once or twice after he left the staff and it was always just pleasantries. It wasn't anything about what he was doing. The lingering question for me is why did this guy not get a job some place? Of course, Joe I was very familiar with and I spent many hours with him. I could not feel any more badly about it. But we look back at the timeline, he should have pursued it harder and I think Joe agrees with that. He should have gone harder and that is the thing that causes you to shake your head at what transpired.
But we do discuss it. He had a little boy a couple of months ago so I am a grandfather and [my wife] Arlene and I are about to celebrate number 50 [anniversary]. I have a tremendous family unit and I get all their support that I want. But I think at the end of the day there is nothing I enjoy better than talking about sports. I love reading you guys. I check out ESPN and CBS Sports. I go to the Yardbarkers and Deadspins and try to keep current on what the hell is going on. I love sports and my family, and my family comes first always, but I can't tell you how much fun I have doing this. The other thing I am blessed with is having Kirk Herbstreit, who really does some heavy lifting for me. And I 've encountered at ESPN a wonderful group of researchers, including the best I have ever been around, [ESPN news editor] Sandy Rosenbush. It's just amazing the support you get.