Kirk Herbstreit was so stunned when his alma mater Ohio State was excluded from the College Football Playoff that he jumped up out of his seat and exited the room—while he and the rest of theESPN college football crew were still filming.
Here’s what happened when the college football analyst learned that one-loss Alabama had nabbed the fourth and final slot in the CFP—despite his alma mater’s claiming the Big Ten Championship the night prior.
Kirk Herbstreit mad in real life ya’ll pic.twitter.com/UJcm6YsbOQ
— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) December 3, 2017
Herbstreit played quarterback for the Buckeyes from 1989 to 1993, finally earning the starting spot as a senior in 1992.
But he wasn’t upset that his team hadn’t made the playoffs.
Quite the opposite, actually.
He was just shocked that the 13-member committee had selected Alabama over a conference champion, despite Ohio State’s two losses.
“I got up and walked off. And I think symbolic of what if you’re watching this and you’re just a college football fan,” he said. “We all said, ‘Well, I think it should be Alabama, but it’s gonna be Ohio State. They’re gonna do the politically correct thing.’ Committee just made a statement.”
In fact, Herbstreit then went on Twitter to defend the decision against criticism from former ESPN colleague Danny Kanell.
So your 2017 Made For TV Ratings Invitational will be:
1. Clemson vs 4. Bama
2. Oklahoma vs 3. Georgia
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) December 3, 2017
Dude..what has happened to you?? Seriously. You’re a good guy—and I get the whole “anti SEC guy” you’ve created, but you think ESPN wouldn’t LOVE to have Ohio St in this??? They’re a RATINGS BONANZA!! Cmon dude!! You’re better than that!!! https://t.co/646E9Xbwq6
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 4, 2017
Sorry @KirkHerbstreit — I just needed to find any term other than PLAYOFF. Because to call it that is disingenuous. So I’ll go with the Bluebloods of College Football Invitational!! https://t.co/dLfkB6xGRd
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) December 4, 2017
Kanell was a star quarterback at Florida State, so who knows what he’s going on about.