Kirk Herbstreit on why his kids will play for Clemson: 'I've been blown away by the culture'
College GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit announced last month his twin sons will be playing football at Clemson as preferred walk-ons.
On the morning of the College Football Playoff semifinals that features Clemson-Notre Dame and Alabama-Oklahoma, Herbstreit dived into the subject on why his kids will be playing for coach Dabo Swinney while on Saturday’s GameDay show:
“They’re going there as preferred walk-ons and a big part of that has to do with the culture,” Herbstreit said. “As a dad and as a broadcaster, I’ve been lucky enough to get behind the scenes at Clemson the last few years. I’ve been blown away by the culture that Dabo has created. It’s not just Dabo. It’s the entire staff — the secretaries, the trainers, the team doctors, the SID. It’s different when you go to Clemson and you need to go there to really see it and understand it.
“And that’s a credit to him and his leadership. Another mark of a great coach to me, whether you’re the start quarterback or just a guy trying to make the team, you’re treated the same. I think it goes back to his own experience at Alabama as a player. He runs his program through the eyes of that player who was at Alabama.”
Per 247Sports, Tye Herbstreit (6-foot, 170) is a two-star wide receiver, while Jake (6-foot, 175) is a two-star defensive back and a top-100 prospect in the state of Tennessee. Both played high school ball at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.