Kirk Herbstreit had a very cool moment on Thursday night when he got to see his sons on the field for a Clemson home game for the first time.
Herbstreit has twin boys, Tye and Jake, who were preferred walk-ons at Clemson. ESPN’s “GameDay” crew was at the Clemson-Georgia Tech game, which gave an opportunity for the college football analyst to see his sons in uniform for the Tigers. He got emotional over it. Take a look:
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 30, 2019
That’s pretty awesome.
Herbstreit has another son, Zak, who is entering his senior season at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.
The twin sons of ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit will be walk-ons next fall at an ACC powerhouse.
Herbstreit currently has three sons playing football at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Two of them, Jake and Tye, will be headed to Clemson next year as preferred walk-ons.
Having his sons playing at different schools will make it tough for Herbstreit to see all the games.
“I’ll have Zak playing at MBA as a junior, and Jake and Tye going over to Clemson. We’ll have to cross that bridge when we get to it. These are all really good problems to have,” Herbstreit told FOX 17 about his attempts to watch his sons. “My goal is to be there for anything I can be.”
Jake is a starting safety and Tye is a wide receiver. The twins have helped Montgomery Bell to an 11-1 record this season. Based on their profiles at 247 Sports, they do not appear to have been heavily recruited out of high school.
It’s no secret that all of those involved with the University of Central Florida and its football team feel that the Knights were the best team in the country last season, but Kirk Herbstreit has had enough of them crowning themselves national champions.
Herbstreit was critical of the fans and program for their “title-winning” celebrations, arguing that the school is damaging its brand by continuing to play up that angle.
Just enjoy a magical-incredible year. You’re damaging your own brand by jumping up and down “claiming” a National Championship. Just stop. Your “National Champions” in your own world. And that’s awesome. But the rest of us crowned Bama the champ January 8th. https://t.co/Lblv7dEp8p
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) March 15, 2018
It’s safe to say that UCF’s championship talk has been met with mixed reactions. One prominent coach has no problem with it, but it’s safe to say Alabama players find it all rather amusing. Is it a little over-the-top at this point? Maybe, but it’s hard to imagine it doing damage to the “brand” as Herbstreit says it is.
Kirk Herbstreit doesn’t like having his objectivity questioned.
The former Ohio State quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst shot back at a fan who questioned his objectivity over Twitter on Tuesday, saying he was objective when studying college football and telling the fan to “get over it.”
I’m a proud alum and to be clear I am a fan like you and anyone else. And yes I’m 1000% homer for my school. Just happen to be able to be objective to a fault when evaluating CFB. Get over it!! #OldNews https://t.co/nn7e6AApIC
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) February 21, 2018
Herbstreit wouldn’t get as far as he has without being a good analyst, despite his history. There is still the occasional moment where his true colors show, but he owns up to what he feels.
- Kirk Herbstreit
The College Football Playoff committee decided to put Alabama into the playoff over Ohio State, and the decision unsurprisingly did not sit well with many Buckeyes fans.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who was a quarterback at Ohio State, briefly walked off the set at ESPN while on TV following the announcement.
Kirk Herbstreit was so shocked by the committee putting Alabama in he actually walked off set pic.twitter.com/U8cJTRobo6
— The Spun (@TheSpun) December 3, 2017
“I walked off and I think symbolic of what if you’re watching this and you’re just a college football fan … committee just made a statement,” he said.
Bama was the No. 4 seed behind easy choices Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia. Ohio State, which won the Big Ten Championship by beating Wisconsin on Saturday, was the No. 5 team, while the Badgers were sixth. Everyone is in agreement that what killed Ohio State was their awful loss to Iowa, coupled with a loss earlier in the season to Oklahoma. That’s pretty much was the same point Nick Saban had made.
- Kirk Herbstreit
LaVar Ball has been everywhere the past month or so, and there seems to be no end in sight to his ubiquitousness. And what certainly isn’t helping matters is the continued coverage media outlets provide him. That’s even becoming an issue for some at ESPN.
LaVar Ball, who is the father of UCLA point guard Lonzo, apparently got into a screaming match with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday. The network then began promoting the video, which annoyed many of their own broadcasters.
Here are examples of three ESPN personalities who were annoyed by the promotion:
Begging ALL media, INCLUDING US… KEEP LAVAR BALL OFF THE AIR. Please. America is turning against Lonzo BECAUSE of Lavar.
— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) March 23, 2017
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) March 23, 2017
@richarddeitsch not a video. Multiple videos. It's embarrassing.
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) March 23, 2017
Media outlets give Ball promotion because he says such outlandish things that people react to him. It’s not unlike having a shock-jock. Now we’re starting to see some of the backlash, not only from ESPN announcers, but from one of the most well known athletes in sports.
The only thing that might help would be UCLA getting knocked out of the NCAA Tournament. But you’d still see plenty of LaVar leading up to the NBA draft, where his son is expected to be a high draft pick.
Kirk Herbstreit is a big fan of the EA Sports NCAA Football video game that has not released a new edition since 2013, and he blames former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon for taking the fun away.
O’Bannon was at the forefront of a lawsuit filed several years ago that the NCAA lost and is in the process of appealing. He believes the NCAA should have to pay athletes for profiting off their likeness in video games and across other platforms. In an interview with Alex Martin Smith of SEC Country, Herbstreit basically accused O’Bannon of being a fun sponge.
“I can’t believe Ed O’Bannon took that game away from us,” Herbstreit said.
Herbstreit is compensated by EA Sports as one of the “NCAA Football” commentators, but he said he has loved the game since long before he was a part of it. He insists collegiate athletes agree.
“You know what they’d love for their compensation to be? Just give ‘em a free game,” Herbstreit said. “That’s the compensation that they would take.
“I’ve never met one player in college football that’s like: ‘They can’t use my name and likeness! I need to be paid!’ They’re just thrilled to be on the game. They love being on the game. It’s like the biggest highlight of their life, is to be on the game.”
While he is at the center of the lawsuit, O’Bannon is hardly alone. If you saw Jay Bilas’ Twitter rant exposing the NCAA for profiting off players’ names a couple years back, you know he would agree about the NCAA Football video game. Despite that, Herbstreit has no problem singling out O’Bannon.
“Ed O’Bannon ruined that for all of us,” he said. “And hopefully we can get that fixed.”
O’Bannon spoke to Larry Brown Sports several years ago about his belief that collegiate athletes should be paid. You can watch that interview here.
H/T Dr. Saturday