Kirk Herbstreit blasts Dan Mullen for instigating Missouri fight: 'That was uncalled for, you're a leader of men'
A couple of ESPN analysts were dumbfounded by the actions of Florida coach Dan Mullen at halftime in the Missouri game and his role in the fight led to a fine for Mullen and multiple ejections and suspensions for both sides.
Speaking on the CFB Podcast with Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi, Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack both criticized Mullen for instigating the incident.
“What was that? What was going on with that, with big-time wrestling with Dan Mullen coming out off the top rope, like a heel? What in the world was that?,” Herbstreit said.
“It wasn’t the smartest move by Dan Mullen I don’t think,” Pollack said.
Kevin Neghandhi then added that Mullen was throwing gasoline on the situation.
“He started the fight with coming out with that energy that he came out with and I get being upset, but damn, I don’t know about that,” Herbstreit said.
Pollack added, “Those are the moments when your coach has to be really calm and make everybody else calm, because if you come out there with that kind of stuff, you know good and well the fire gets lit even more.”
Herbstreit said he loves Mullen’s personality, and when he appears on “College GameDay,” the analyst said, “We’ll be like, ‘How good is he?’ He’s got a great personality. He’s got a competitive spirit about him. He did the same thing with Derek Mason and Vandy, was it last year or the year before when it was yelling back and forth kind of thing, so he gets into that competitive mode. … That was uncalled for, you’re a leader of men. You cannot be the guy we’re trying to control. The players don’t need to be controlling the coach, that’s not what we’re looking for.”