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Following the Bryson DeChambeau vs Brooks Koepka battle over the weekend, Dan Wetzel, Pete Thamel and SI's Pat Forde ask which character around college football and basketball plays the best heel? Hear the full conversation on the Yahoo Sports College Podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
DAN WETZEL: And so we were wondering, is there-- because we need these dudes-- is there a Bryson DeChambeau in college football? Is there a coach that all the other coaches just-- or at least some of them roll their eyes and hate? And can we get more of them? Because that's what we need.
PAT FORDE: For me, I think it's Lane Kiffin. I mean, I want Lane to live up to his potential as a colossal jerk that everybody dislikes. He's close, but he's got to win some more games. You know? Come on, Lane. Be the heel. Be the heel.
I think he can get there. This year's team is going to give him a good chance. They can win a lot of games. He can be cocky. He can talk trash to everybody. And it's funny. One of the people that he loves to stick the needle into a little bit is Saban. And Saban's just like, you can say what you want, man. I'm still kicking your ass on the field.
So if that ever changes, if Kiffin ever beats Saban, then we could really have something interesting in that dynamic there. But I am riding with Lane Kiffin as the guy that can be the DeChambeau of college football.
PETE THAMEL: The guy who everyone rolls their eyes at is Harbaugh. Now he hasn't been good enough to-- like, DeChambeau has dominated the TOUR, right? But I think there was a window there were Harbaugh was relevant early at Michigan, and he was taking foreign trips and satellite camping people to death and just being a provocateur.
That has ended as the offense has gone impotent. The recruiting dried up, and the program basically turned into a shell, as it probably should have. But I do think there are a lot of people amid the college football space who thought Harbaugh was a bit of a fraud and rolled their eyes at him some and just basically were like, really? This guy? Is this guy looking around?
DAN WETZEL: I think it's Harbaugh, too, because Harbaugh came in. I think there's got-- what DeChambeau does is it's like, I'm not just a better golfer, or I don't work harder, which already drives everyone-- would drive crazy. I'm smarter than you. I work harder, and I work smarter than you. You're not smart as me. I do this, this, this, and you don't. You can't even understand that.
That's what really gets people angry. Because it's like, hell no, I'm not-- and that's what Harbaugh was doing. Like, oh, I'll do satellite camps all over. What are you doing? That didn't pan out. We'll go into Europe. We're having signing with the stars, all the different stuff.
But then he abandons them. That's the kind of funny part about Harbaugh. He does some big thing, and then after one year, he stops and goes and does something else. It's like, well, maybe it'll pan out if you actually do it for five years in a row. But if you only do it once, nobody remembers.
But we need more. We need more. So coaches listening, we got your back if you just turn into a complete a-hole, OK?
PAT FORDE: The Koepka-DeChambeau thing, that could have been Urban and Harbaugh if Harbaugh could have ever beaten him or could have sustained any of this.
DAN WETZEL: He needed to beat him once. Yeah, then it would have been even more. But now it's like he's silenced out. He's almost just like-- he's been neutered by not beating Ohio State. Because he hasn't-- other than last year, hasn't done that bad.
PAT FORDE: Watching just that exchange, that video exchange of DeChambeau mumbling under his breath and crunching by on his metal spikes and Koepka's reaction, I thought immediately-- not immediately, but upon reflection of Calipari and Pitino, where Calipari had gotten so far under Pitino's skin. And it was like everything Cal did was partially designed to get under Pitino's skin, and it worked. By the end, Pitino was like miserable even playing Calipari.
DAN WETZEL: Calipari was DeChambeau. Now he's like older, more mellow, and kind of established. But yeah, he would grind Jim Calhoun. He would grind Pitino.
PAT FORDE: Oh, yeah.
DAN WETZEL: Jim O'Brien at BC. Even Chaney, who eventually tried to strangle him. I mean, like, right, Calipari was DeChambeau.