ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit is facing some criticism for what he said (or didn't say) late in Ohio State's loss to Purdue on Saturday night.
The No. 2-ranked Buckeyes fell on the road to the Boilermakers in blowout fashion, losing by more than 20 points in their first defeat of the season.
Herbstreit spoke at length at the end of the game about how clear it was that Ohio State wasn't prepared. However, the ESPN analyst refused to call out Urban Meyer or any of the Buckeyes' coaches by name.
The Athletic's Richard Deitsch pointed this out on Twitter.
"If you are watching ESPN, there was an interesting moment just now. Kirk Herbstreit spoke thoughtfully about Ohio State not being prepared, the cameras focused on Urban Meyer, but KH never mentioned Meyer by name. So a thought, and this isn't directed specifically at KH," he tweeted.
"The ecosystem of college football broadcasts reflexively deifies and protects coaches. It is baked into the system. It is the culture of the relationship between rightsholder and college sports and we won't see lt ever change IMO. It's not the same for the players."
Annie Apple, the mother of former Ohio State star Eli Apple, also tweeted about this:
"It’s okay Kirk. You can blame the coaching..." she wrote.
Jemele Hill responded, too:
Ohio State fell to 7-1 on the season with the loss on Saturday night, though the Buckeyes do still control their College Football Playoff destiny (probably). If Meyer's team wins out, they should be in.