Kirk Herbstreit responds to school soccer teaching concept
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit comments on many hot shots in college football. But there’s a theory that’s been around for a long time that he really doesn’t have the patience for.
On Sunday, Herbstreit was annoyed by a Twitter user who accused the media of viewing black head coaches too critically – especially Willie Taggart and Charlie Strong during their time at FSU and Texas, respectively. Herbstreit said that many coaches have been fired for years – regardless of their skin color.
“Why do you always come up to me?” Said Herbstreit in a retweet. “Don’t even know you – you don’t know me! Willie and Charlie are friends of mine. But on your point … don’t tell (Michigan’s) Jim Harbaugh or (USC’s) Clay Helton. They’ve been dealing with people for years who want them fired. Or (former Auburn HC) Gus Malzahn, who has dealt with it for years. “
Herbstreit’s comments may not satisfy those who wanted a more definitive answer on the subject, but they don’t have to. He’s a TV analyst, not a sociologist.
Why do you always come up to me?!?
Don’t even know you – you don’t know me!
Willie and Charlie are friends of mine.
But on your point … don’t tell Jim Harbaugh or Clay Helton. They’ve been dealing with people for years who want them fired. Or Gus Malzhan, who has dealt with it for years. https://t.co/bcwZtLxYUq
– Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) July 18, 2021
Charlie Strong had lost three straight seasons in Texas and lost his only bowl game. That’s a fireable offense for most coaches on any power five program, let alone one as prominent as Texas.
Willie Taggart went 9-12 in 1.5 seasons with the Seminoles. While Taggart has faced serious racial abuse online during his tenure, few will deny that the FSU appeared to be on the wrong track when he was fired.
Is there still racial prejudice in college football? Most likely. Do these prejudices affect the expectations of some head coaches? Possibly.
Is Kirk Herbstreit the right person to talk to if you have such problems? No he is not.