ESPN analyst Desmond Howard didn’t appreciate Ohio State coach Ryan Day’s recent postgame tirade aimed at Lou Holtz.
On this Saturday’s broadcast of “College GameDay,” Howard voiced his disapproval of Day’s strong reaction to Holtz’s remarks.
“The last thing he should’ve done was come after Lou Holtz,” Howard said. “Enjoy the moment, talk about the success of your team, but don’t come after an elderly old man.
“I was turned off by it. I thought that it was thin-skinned, they [Day and Washington State coach Jake Dickert] were hypersensitive, and it wasn’t their best moments at all.”
The rivalry ignited when Holtz raised doubts about Day’s performance history at Ohio State.
“You look at Coach Day, and he has lost to Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Michigan twice,” Holtz said. “And everybody that beats him does so because they’re more physical than Ohio State. And I think Notre Dame will take that same approach. You take this message to Ohio State. You tell ’em they better bring their lunch because it’s going to be a full day’s work.”
After Ohio State’s thrilling victory over Notre Dame, Day publicly confronted Holtz on national television.
“I’d like to know where Lou Holtz is right now,” Day responded. “What he said about our team, I cannot believe. This is a tough team right here. We’re proud to be from Ohio. It’s always been Ohio against the world, and it’ll continue to be Ohio against the world.”
Day has faced substantial criticism for his handling of this situation; there’s no denying that. However, it’s quite clear that his intention was to inspire and motivate his players.