Yesterday’s game between Mississippi State and Tulsa is being overshadowed by the brawl that took place on the field. It was obviously an embarrassing moment for both programs, but it’s also an awful look for college football as a whole.
Things took a turn for the worse when a Mississippi State player kicked a Tulsa player in the face while they were already down. Neither side showed remorse for their actions after the game, which has led to plenty of questions about both head coaches.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit didn’t hold back his true feelings about this situation during this Friday’s edition of College GameDay, calling it a “black eye” for the sport.
Herbstreit wasn’t done venting about this brawl that took place during the Armed Forces Bowl. He believes college football needs to discipline Mississippi State and Tulsa for their actions yesterday.
Additionally, Herbstreit revealed that he wants college football to ban players from coming out for pregame warm-ups without a shirt.
Here’s what Herbstreit had to say:
“I think we all agree this is an embarrassment not only for these two teams but for college football,” Herbstreit said, via 247Sports. “We see this more and more in college football … coming out in pregame without a shirt on. That needs to be banned in college football. That’s just not coming out with your shirts off. That’s sending a message to your opponent. I remember Penn State vs. Ohio State a year ago, it adds to the chippiness of the game … To this level where the police are coming in and people need to be arrested, there needs to be consequences not just to send a message to the coaches and players, but for the entire country, that this will not be tolerated. I hope that the powers to be would drop some serious fines on coaches and drop some suspensions on players.”
This certainly won’t be the last that we hear about this brawl. Some analysts are wondering if legal action will be taken from either side considering how ugly it got on the sidelines.
One thing is certain: college football has to put its foot down and make a statement.