Hartman: College football quarterback controversy Twitter tiffs are the worst

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Hartman: College football quarterback controversy Twitter tiffs are the worst

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Kirk Herbstreit (left, via Getty) and Jackson Carman (right) shared conflicting opinions on Twitter.

In case you forgot we’re living in the stupidest of times, here’s another reminder. 

That it comes at the intersection of sports commentary, college football recruiting and Twitter is no coincidence. 

If you missed it (count your blessings), here is what happened: 

Multiple recruits – including some committed to Ohio State and some not – expressed the opinion that a change in starting quarterback would be appropriate. 

That drew a rebuke from ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, a Centerville native and former Ohio State quarterback himself. 

Next one of the aforementioned recruits – five-star Fairfield offensive lineman Jackson Carman – suggested he’d have more freedom to speak his mind at USC or Clemson, two of the other schools pursing him along with Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes. 

This, of course, set fans of all three schools into a tizzy. 

Let’s review:

In general society any recruit is free to say or Tweet whatever he wants (shout out to the Sooners fan who takes the time to point this out to Herbstreit), though that does not mean nothing will come of it. 

This is a rule that should be put on a note delivered with all smart phones. Maybe dangle it from every stoplight and put it on every stop sign so no one misses it because that could save us a few steps every time someone says something that riles up anyone else. 

Freedom of expression does not equal freedom from consequences. 

Of course, we actually have no idea if there were any real consequences in this case because all Meyer said when he was asked about the tweets earlier this week was that he was aware of them. 

Anyway, Herbstreit’s response is perfectly reasonable, but he’s not actually a member of Ohio State’s coaching staff, so representing it as Meyer’s opinion (even if it’s entirely possible they are one and the same) doesn’t make a lot of sense. 

And what is Meyer’s opinion? Well, he was asked earlier this week about the tweets from recruits and said only he was made aware of it. 

It’s safe to assume he wasn’t happy, but as far as we know, nobody lost a scholarship over it, either. At least not yet. 

That would actually be a story. 

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