Kirk Herbstreit has been one of ESPN’s top analysts and announcers for the past decade-plus, and the former Ohio State quarterback generally has a strong reputation for trying as best he can to call things down the middle.
So naturally, Herbstreit took offense at claims that he was biased towards the Big Ten following the conference’s current winning streak in bowl games.
Bias?!??! Get the F out of here!!!! @bigten gets ripped EVERY year!!! They win some games, I appreciate it, and it’s “bias”?!?! Wrong CLOWN!!!! Called FACT!!!!!!!
Herbstreit is usually as even keel as they get, so to see him get a bit emotional — even in a Twitter post — is a bit rare. However, he does have a point here; ESPN has been killed for several years for an alleged “SEC bias”, when in reality it was just because the conference was doing well. Now that the Big Ten is doing well, if even just during bowl season, their analysts shouldn’t suddenly get flak for having a Big Ten bias now.
Herbstreit is set to call the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia, where claims of bias for both teams will probably crop up in some form while he is calling that game. Expect the same when Herbstreit calls the National Championship Game on Jan. 8 in Atlanta.