Most Embarrassing Press Conference Moments in College Football History
Press conferences are great.
Coaches deliver rants, players make statements and we all get to hear the ins-and-outs of a victory or loss.
These videos provide the most embarrassing press conferences in recent memory.
Try as you might, it's hard to ignore the humor in many of these situations, especially given their source, and you have to admit a little levity is always a good thing.
Apologies to those who were the brunt of these little rants.
9. "Brunette Girls"
You have to give it to Brendan Gibbons for at least being honest.
When asked what was going through his mind as he lined up to kick the winning field goal in overtime against Virginia Tech during last season's Sugar Bowl, he responded with this gem:
"Brunette girls. Every time we were like struggling in kicking, Coach tells me to think about girls on a beach or brunette girls. So that's what we did. Made the kick."
What a shining example of a great "student" athlete.
8. "Act More Like Dogs"
David Bennett obviously has a special affinity for the animal kingdom.
Just not cats, particularly.
His tendencies lean more the way of the canine, and he wants his team to act that way as well.
Definitely one of the more bizarre press conferences in recent memory.
7. Rocky Long's Blue Turf Issues
While not technically a press conference, Rocky Long's shots at Boise State's blue turf deserve a mention.
Long, the head coach at San Diego State, made some waves with his comments about the Broncos' blue turf during the MWC's spring practice teleconference in 2011.
Boise State has since been banned from wearing their blue uniforms on said turf, and Long's Aztecs lost to the Broncos 52-35, on the green turf of San Diego State's home field.
6. "Fat Little Girlfriends"
Mike Leach is not exactly known for his tactfulness, and this press conference was a case in point.
Leach was upset about a loss and felt that the team was not focusing.
I wonder which player(s) he was referring to, and how many of their significant others were actually on the large side.
5. Urban Meyer Announces Retirement from Family
in 2009, Urban Meyer "retired" as head coach of Florida, only to return for the next season.
He then "retired" at the end of the 2010 season to put some emphasis on his family.
He then proceeded to spend much of his time traveling as an analyst for ESPN, and eventually announced his retirement from his family to spend time with his job, taking over the reins at Ohio State.
4. Steve Spurrier Is Not a Fan of Ron Morris
Usually, these embarrassing moments are mortifying to the coach or player speaking at the conference.
South Carolina head coach, Steve Spurrier, flipped the script on a reporter.
It was Ron Morris, a columnist for The State, who was the butt of a Spurrier tongue lashing last October.
Spurrier felt that Morris had written some statements that were blatantly untrue, and so he refused to speak to the media per his usual routine with Morris present.
He called him out and then ended the conference.
3. Bobby Hebert Calls out Miles
It's embarrassing to be decimated in any football game, but especially the national title game.
It's also embarrassing to be called out by one of your team's parents in the post-game press conference, especially when he is part of the press corps.
It's even worse when he is right.
That is exactly what happened here, as Bobby Hebert, father of LSU's T-Bob Hebert, tried to figure out what in the world Les Miles was thinking during the BCS title game.
Just like the rest of us.
2. "Go Play Intramurals, Brother"
Parents, don't step in for your children when they are supposed to be adults.
Dan Hawkins doesn't like it.
Back in 2007, Hawkins responded with this rant after a parent sent him a letter whining about the amount of time off the Colorado Buffaloes had received that season.
Hawkins obviously took exception and delivered this scorching rejoinder.
1. "I'm a Man, I'm 40"
Mike Gundy was criticized roundly for this rant, and quite possibly he deserved it.
However, his absolutely crazy defense of departed quarterback Bobby Reid provided us with one of the most hilarious moments in press conference history.
Gundy has not ever had another public moment like this, but this one embarrassing outburst will follow him forever.
If he really wants to make a statement, he could just wear a t-shirt with "Come after me. I'm a man, I'm 40!" across the chest.