Royce Freeman made the decision earlier this week to skip the Las Vegas Bowl, the senior running back opting to end his career one game early in order to save himself for the upcoming Reese’s Senior Bowl and other activities that will impact his chances of making the NFL. New Oregon coach Mario Cristobal has supported this decision.
The same can’t be said for various ESPN commentators, all of whom were none-too-pleased to see Freeman on the Ducks’ sideline as well as addressing his teammates.
Wow, ESPN commentators all hate Royce Freeman being at game and firing up team.
— Mike Tokito (@mtokito) December 16, 2017
It started during the game with color analyst Kirk Herbstreit inferring that Oregon’s slow start against Boise State—it trailed 24-0 before going into the locker room down 24-14—was due to Freeman trying to rile up his teammates beforehand.
Sweet Jesus Herbstreit, leave Royce Freeman alone. His pre game speech is not the reason Oregon looks apathetic.
— Andy Johnson (@TheDirtJohnson) December 16, 2017
The anti-Freeman rhetoric continued during the halftime show, with both Mack Brown and Booger McFarland criticizing the Ducks’ career rushing leader’s presence.
Mack Brown hot-taking right now on ABC saying Royce Freeman shouldn’t be at the Las Vegas Bowl because he’s not playing before going to the NFL.
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) December 16, 2017
Here's what Mack Brown had to say about Royce Freeman on the halftime show. pic.twitter.com/gxYxPm4E9v
— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) December 16, 2017
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