Kirk Herbstreit, David Pollack tee off on Dan Mullen's explanation of the Marco Wilson shoe incident
It was one thing for Florida coach Dan Mullen to offer his initial explanation of the Marco Wilson shoe incident at the end of loss to LSU on Saturday. But to repeat that same thought a day later was too much for ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.
Speaking on the CFB Podcast with Herbie, Pollack & Negandhi, Herbstreit shared these thoughts.
“I love Dan Mullen, but he doubled down with his explanation yesterday on instead of saying, ‘That was a mistake. What was he thinking? We’ve got to be better than that. That’s undisciplined. That’s not who we are.’ He supported him,” Herbstreit said, per 247Sports. “And to me, you not only lost an opportunity with that player — you lost an opportunity with the entire team. You really just said you’re cool with that culture, which, to me, is a whole different discussion.”
Herbstreit made a point to say that he’d never critical of a player, even if a quarterback throws a slew of interceptions, he would praise the defensive backs.
David Pollack took it a step further. He said it was just a reminder that Florida’s not there yet. Pollack said he was very disappointed in Mullen with how he handled the situation and managed the game.
“They looked like a team that hadn’t been there before,” Pollack said. “They looked like a team that wasn’t ready for that stage yet.”
“Does this happen at ‘Bama? Does this happen at Clemson? Does this happen at UGA? Does this happen at Ohio State? The premier programs and the programs that know how to compete and know that it’s not about them — they don’t do these things,” Pollack said. “… At some point, great teams — great organizations — realize, ‘All I do when I throw that shoe or celebrate is I make it about me. That’s all I do. It’s about me and I’ve made it about me. The great teams, the great organizations — they make it about we and they make it about team and they consistently do it week in and week out.”