But today, John Rich revealed that it was actually ESPN that made the decision to move on from Big & Rich and replace them with the trio of new artists.
In a statement on Twitter, Rich addressed being left off of the intro for the first time in 16 years:
“We appreciate all the time Big & Rich were the faces of College GameDay over the years. It was a great experience and we had a blast. ESPN decided to move on from us and that is their prerogative of course. I’m not sure what led to that decision, but we are grateful for all the memories and love from our fans!”
We appreciate all the time @bigandrich were the faces of #CollegeGameDay over the years. It was a great experience and we had a blast. @espn decided to move on from us and that is their prerogative of course. I'm not sure what led to that decision, but we are grateful for all the… https://t.co/I266scfCvP
Of course many suspected that Rich’s politics may have played a role in ESPN’s decision, as the singer has been an outspoken conservative and hasn’t been afraid to speak his mind.
Earlier this year, Rich got a lot of attention – both good and bad – for his promise to remove Bud Light from his Nashville bar, Redneck Riviera, in the wake of the controversy that erupted after the beer company hired transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney for their marketing campaign.