Coach angry with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit over SEC-FCS comments

“He ain’t ever coached.”

One of college football’s silliest arguments revolves around the decision of many SEC schools to schedule FCS teams in November, rather than the usual late August/early September games played by most FBS programs. These games usually come one week before Rivalry Week, allowing programs like Alabama and Auburn to play some tune-up games before their big season-ending matchups.

ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit was particularly vocal about the practice Saturday on College GameDay. The former Ohio State quarterback called it the worst thing happening in college football, and caught the attention of one FCS head coach.

Western Carolina head coach Mark Speir laid into Herbstreit after the Catamounts’ 48-14 loss to Alabama.

“A guy had a silver spoon in his mouth all his life, Ohio State, primadonna state quarterback talking about, ‘It’s an embarrassment,'” Speir said. “He ain’t ever coached.”

Western Carolina quarterback Troy Mitchell became the first player in program history to surpass the 3,000-yard mark in a season in the game. Speir brought Mitchell’s record up in response to Herbstreit’s comments, saying “You tell me that ain’t special.”

After three total wins in his first two seasons with the Catamounts, Speir led Western Carolina to a 7-5 record this year.

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