An ESPN announcer is under fire on social media for posting a controversial tweet about Washington after the Huskies’ loss to Auburn on Saturday.
ESPN announcer Mark Jones took to Twitter on Sunday to call out Washington for taking one “on the chin” against Auburn. He then seemed to imply that the Huskies should’ve scheduled some “cupcake” games like they have in the past.
“Washington Huskies took one one on the chin. Where’s Montana?” Jones tweeted.
Washington Huskies took one one on the chin. Where’s Montana ?
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) September 2, 2018
There’s history with ESPN and Washington, dating back to last year.
During the 2017 season, the Huskies – a College Football Playoff contender – complained about having so many late kickoffs on ESPN.
“We want to play at 1:00 [PT]. It hurts us tremendously in terms of national exposure. No one wants to watch our game on the East Coast that late, and we all know it.” Washington head coach Chris Petersen said “It is painful for our team. It’s painful for our administration. And we know certainly the most important part is (it’s painful) for our fans.”
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit then called out Washington on GameDay, saying they should be thankful for being on ESPN at all.
Kirk Herbstreit says Washington “should be thanking ESPN” for airing Washington games, regardless of kickoff time https://t.co/54Hu34AA1N pic.twitter.com/w8l6TsSzde
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 7, 2017
Hours later, ESPN’s broadcast of a Washington game mocked the Huskies’ “cupcake” schedule.
In case you wanted to see the cupcake schedule thing for yourself: pic.twitter.com/U5RXEqwRDi
— Kevin Shockey (@KevinShockey) October 8, 2017
Jones was a part of that broadcast. He’s now being called out for his most-recent tweet about the Huskies.
“Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott cannot let this pass without 1) an explanation 2) an apology and 3) Jones being prohibited from calling UW games,” Pac-12 reporter Jon Wilner tweeted about Jones.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott cannot let this pass without 1) an explanation 2) an apology and 3) Jones being prohibited from calling UW games https://t.co/jZj1WAnNVl
— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) September 3, 2018
The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel weighed in with this tweet:
“Jeez. The ESPN Play by Play guy who was part of the Washington “cupcake” broadcast last year now taking cheap shots on Twitter. Bad look,” he wrote.
Jeez. The ESPN Play by Play guy who was part of the Washington “cupcake” broadcast last year now taking cheap shots on Twitter. Bad look. https://t.co/srXSutltX0
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 3, 2018
It’s obviously fair for broadcasters and analysts to criticize college football teams, but if you’re Washington, it’s understandable to think this is over the top.