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Paul Finebaum Apologizes For What He Said About Miami

An extreme closeup of ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum from the Cotton Bowl in Texas in 2019.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has issued an apology to Miami Hurricanes fans for what he said about the program following reports of a Florida band director getting attacked after Saturday night's game.

The SEC Network personality called Miami a "third world program" in the wake of the reported attack.

Finebaum opened his radio show this afternoon with an apology.

The ESPN analyst called his comment "incredibly unfortunate” and admitted that it was "very hurtful to a number of people."

"I don't want to incite the crowd here, but when it comes to Miami, nothing surprises me," Finebaum said in response to a caller's question about the reported attack. "It's a third-world program if you ask me." Finebaum was harshly criticized for his comments.

Finebaum is no stranger to feuds with fan bases outside the SEC, but even he would admit he stepped over the line with these Miami comments.

As far as the game itself went, Finebaum was not that impressed with either Florida or Miami.

“They did not look like a top 10 team, they did not look like a top 25 team, but they survived it and surviving a terrible night with a win is a lot better than a loss,” Finebaum said during Monday's appearance on WJOX, 94.5 FM, per 247Sports. “A loss would have really put the eyes in focus on Dan Mullen and Feleipe Franks. Instead, a lot of teeth gnashing for the next two weeks, but I don’t think it’s going to matter much. They get up to Kentucky and win that game, this will not matter much.

"I came away thinking Miami looked like the better team, Jarren Williams was unbelievable. But in the end, I don’t think it’s going to have a dramatic effect on the outcome of the season.”