Kirk Herbstreit just answered a question.
The result was a complete blitz on the ESPN host “GameDay”.
Last week, Herbstreit was asked to comment on college football played this season as the nation battles the coronavirus pandemic.
“I will be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football. I will be so surprised if this happens, ”said Herbstreit, citing COVID-19. His full answer is here.
Since then, he’s been the # 1 enemy of college football.
ESPN’s Rece Davis was asked about her colleague’s comment. He said he was a little more “optimistic” than Herbstreit for the coming season.
Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz took a photo on Wednesday at his Zoom press conference.
“No offense to Mr. Herbstreit, but deciding who will win a game at” GameDay “College is very different than panicking the world over whether we are going to play a college football season. “
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly also said, “Kirk doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I mean really? Kelly said in an interview on Sportsbeat, by SI. “For him to speak in these terms … he is not a scientist. He’s a university football analyst, so let’s let the scientists determine these things. ”
Since making his first comment, the Missouri coach has apologized on Wednesday for an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show”.
“I didn’t want to say anything to Kirk Herbstreit or shoot him,” said Drinkwitz. “I hope he will accept my apologies. My point was that we are focusing on today. “
Even after Herbstreit’s comments, the football analyst turned to Twitter to explain that he was simply answering a question.
“I was really not trying to add to fear or try to scare anyone”, he tweeted to Larry the Cable Guy, which shows the weight of his comments. “Just answer a question that was asked of me. I just think this virus is real and until there is a vaccine, I would be shocked if there was football. That’s all. “
Paul Finebaum, who joined Lee Shirvanian and myself in “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5 Thursday, was as surprised as anyone at the reaction to the comments. It means something from the “Mouth of the South”.
“It is absolutely ridiculous what happened to Kirk Herbstreit,” said Finebaum on Thursday. “He gave an honest and sincere opinion, and that’s it. I know this because I spoke to him on Friday and have been communicating with him since. “
Finebaum added, based on what is said every day about the pandemic, that Herbstreit’s comments were not out of place.
“Kirk Herbstreit is the face of college football,” said Finebaum. “No one has promoted the game any more. No one has done more as a game ambassador in a more classy way, thanks Kirk for the past few years.
“It shows you how close-minded we are on important issues.”
In the end, Finebaum is right. Herbstreit’s comments were nothing more than an opinion, a responsible opinion on this. It’s just not the opinion you want to hear, no matter where it comes from.
The reaction to this comment is for fear of the possibility that football calls a time out. Herbstreit is simply an easy target for this fear and anguish.
No one wants to see the cancellation of football, especially Herbstreit, which makes his opinion on the subject much more meaningful and clever.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.