ESPN's "College GameDay" analysts didn't hide their disgust Friday morning as they discussed Thursday's brawl between Mississippi State and Tulsa at the end of the Armed Forces Bowl, which the Bulldogs won 28-26.
Kirk Herbstreit didn't hold back, specifically calling out Mississippi State coach Mike Leach.
"Mike Leach should be embarrassed," Herbstreit said. "His postgame interview and what he said, 'Hey, it's football. Hey, it's physical. It's going to happen.' Are you kidding me, Mike?! You should be embarrassed about your program and what it did. …
"This is a black eye for the sport. Maybe you don't care about the sport, dude. It's as bad as it could be watching that for people that are sitting around watching college football and that breaks out. It's another black eye for college football."
Host Rece Davis said the fight was a "crossroads moment" for Mississippi State and Leach.
Mississippi State and Tulsa players brawled after Thursday's Armed Forces Bowl. (Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)
"First year under Mike Leach — who are you going to be?" Davis said. "What's your program going to be about? Is it going to be about this chippiness and false bravado and making videos in the locker room celebrating a fight? Or are you going to maybe pull an upset here or there? Or are you going to be about football? It's a crossroads moment."
Herbstreit suggested serious consequences for coaches and players who were involved.
"We've all been around the game. There are fights in football. But to this level — where the police are coming in and people need to be arrested — there needs to be consequences to send a message, not just to these coaches and to these players, but to the entire country that this will not be tolerated. I don't know who that would be. I hope the powers that be will drop some serious fines on the coaches and drop some suspensions on some of these players."
Analyst David Pollack called for swift justice for those involved.
"The fact that you jump up and cleat somebody, you should be kicked out of the sport," he said. "Like, go away. That's the dumbest thing I've ever seen on a football field."
“This is a black eye for the sport. … It’s as bad as it can be.”@KirkHerbstreit had some powerful thoughts about yesterday’s brawl between Mississippi State and Tulsa. pic.twitter.com/YW2lphdNql
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