Things got a little heated on the set of ESPN's College GameDay broadcasting live from Lincoln, Nebraska this morning.
The college football pregame show was discussing the redshirt of Houston quarterback D'Eriq King, who is planning on sitting out the rest of the 2019 season and returning in 2020. The Cougars are 1-3 and should be better next season.
"I'm staying here," King told reporters. "If I wanted to leave Houston and go somewhere else, I could have. I think me being here is what I want to do, and it's the best opportunity for me. I don't think anybody will reach out to me [to convince me to transfer]. Even if they do, they should know I'm staying here."
The GameDay panel got into a fairly heated debate on the topic this morning.
ESPN's Desmond Howard was not a fan of the move.
“I first saw the news on College Football Live and thought, ‘This is pretty odd.’ Then, I started listening to the facts. It seems like an egregious manipulation of the rule. It seems like a betrayal of the team, because now it seems like you have a whole bunch other guys. He’s practicing. He’s doing everything but playing. The receiver is, too. They’re practicing, but they’re not going to play on Saturday. They’re 1-3. If they’re 4-0, do they make this decision?" he said, per Saturday Down South.
ESPN's Rece Davis, meanwhile, asked why this is different than a younger player redshirting.
“But what’s the difference of holding out a younger player?” he asked.
Howard responded: “No, no, no, no. There’s a big difference if you’re talking about a guy who scored 50 touchdowns a year ago.”
ESPN's David Pollack agreed, saying "tanking" has arrived in college football.
“Welcome to tanking in college football now. You’ve seen it with the 76ers. You’ve seen it with Dolphins currently in the NFL. Now, you have tanking in college football," he said.
Kirk Herbstreit doesn't like it, either.
“I don’t know how he (Dana Holgorsen) stands up in front of the team the rest of the year," he said.
Houston (1-3) is set to play North Texas today. King should be one of the best quarterbacks in college football in 2020.