Colin Cowherd loves to attack Iowa football, but on his Monday show, the Fox Sports talking head faced a conundrum: He likes the San Francisco 49ers’ draft class, but that class includes former Iowa QB C.J. Beathard and TE George Kittle.
Cowherd started off with “the fake ID of college football, Iowa,” but his guest stopped him right there.
Joel Klatt, a former player and current college football analyst at Fox Sports, wasn’t letting Cowherd off the hook for trying to praise players from the program he so often derides.
“You come out here and you’re praising John Lynch and the 49ers,” Klatt said. “You’re trying to jump on this Iowa bandwagon, I’m not gonna allow it. I’m not gonna allow you to jump on the bandwagon of C.J. Beathard and George Kittle and what great picks they were when you’ve been bashing Iowa for the past year and a half. That’s a good program up there.”
Another notable exchange:
Cowherd: “Oh yeah, who are they playing to start the season?”
Klatt: “I don’t care. Who’s anyone playing to start the season?”
Klatt defended the Big Ten for playing nine conference games, and pointed out that Iowa is playing Wyoming next season, a team that has one of the top quarterback prospects for the 2018 draft in Josh Allen.
“Listeners, listen. Hold Colin accountable,” Klatt said. “You cannot allow him to praise the 49ers’ draft because he’s been bashing Iowa for two years. You can’t get on the bandwagon now. Sorry. George Kittle and C.J. Beathard are giving you the finger right now.”