Reaction to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) voting the University of St. Thomas out has reached a fever pitch, with many of the country's most popular talking heads weighing in on the controversial decision.
"This is cowardly beyond words," said Tony Kornheiser on ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption," with co-host Michael Wilbon echoing his thoughts: "Unless they reverse this decision, the people who voted in favor of it, they should all lose their jobs. They should lose their jobs. They should be fired."
St. Thomas, a founding member of the 99-year-old MIAC, can remain competitive in all sports through the end of the 2021 spring sports season, at which point they'll need to find a new home in time for the 2021 fall sports season.
MIAC officials argue that "athletic competitive parity in the conference" was a "primary concern" in forcing the Tommies out.
"They're getting kicked out of the league because they kick everyone's ass," said ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on Thursday night. "It feels like what it is. Schools who weren't as good as the one they decided they didn't want to lose to anymore. A century's worth of history be damned.
"When you encounter the bigger, better opponent in the business place – or in life – you can't just vote them out of your way. But, whatever. Have fun being more competitive ... and stuff.
It's been reported that nine of 13 presidents in the MIAC voted in favor of booting St. Thomas.