The college football analyst said he understood the decision, but didn't like what happened after.
Oregon star running back Royce Freeman did not play in the Ducks' loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday afternoon. The tailback had announced earlier this week that he was sitting out of the contest with the NFL in mind.
This is not a new concept, but it's one that frustrates some people.
Among those people - Kirk Herbstreit. The ESPN college football analyst criticized Freeman and the Ducks while calling the game for ABC on Saturday. The running back was seen trying to pump up his teammates during the game.
"Head coach leaves, new coach is in and you’ve got a guy that’s healthy not playing in a bowl game trying to get his team fired up. I mean, if I were a senior, I’d probably say, “Hey man, we love you, but go on the sidelines. Let us get the team ready,’” Herbstreit said.
ESPN college football analyst Booger McFarland seems to agree with Herbie.
While McFarland understands Freeman's decision, he doesn't think he should've been around the team on game day.
We don't really know how Oregon's players felt about Freeman being around them on Saturday, but it's a fair point by both McFarland and Herbstreit.
Oregon fell to Boise State, 38-28, without Freeman.