ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit would be 'shocked' if college football season is played
Prominent college football figure Kirk Herbstreit isn’t optimistic about the outlook of the 2020 college football or NFL seasons. In a recent interview on ESPN, the College GameDay analyst provided a candid response about the idea of playing football in the fall.
With the coronavirus pandemic surging through the country, sports have been placed on the back-burner in an attempt to help control the highly-contagious virus. And while some are hopeful that things could return to a somewhat normal state by the time the season rolls around, Herbstreit doesn’t share those same thoughts.
“I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football,” Herbstreit said, according to TMZ Sports. “I’ll be so surprised if that happens.
“Just because, from what I understand, people that I listen to, you’re 12 to 18 months from a vaccine. I don’t know how you let these guys go into locker rooms and let stadiums be filled up and how you can play ball. I just don’t know how you can do it with the optics of it.”
So far, the NCAA has been forced to make difficult decisions to cancel March Madness and other winter sports championship. The remainder of the spring seasons across college athletics were also scrapped.
Other leagues, including the NBA, MLB, PGA Tour and others have been forced to cancel or postpone events, as well.
There’s still several months between now an the start of the college football an NFL seasons. But Herbstreit won’t be holding his breath for the season to happen.
“As much as I hate to say it, I think we’re scratching the surface of where this thing’s gonna go,” Herbstreit said.