Brian Kelly Responds To Kirk Herbstreit

Bryan Driskell

Brian Kelly has responded to recent comments made by ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who stated he would be “shocked” if there was football in 2020.

“Kirk does not know what he’s talking about. I mean, really?” Kelly said during an interview on Sportsbeat. “For him to talk in those terms … he’s not a scientist. He’s a college football analyst, so we’ll let the scientists determine those things.”

Kelly summed up my feelings on Herbstreit’s comments perfectly. Herbstreit is a quality analyst, especially during his in-game color work, but he’s also a respected voice of college football. When he speaks people listen, which means he needs to be more responsible with his comments. By making the comments he made, he wasn’t just some guy giving an opinion, he’s considered an expert.

Herbstreit did nothing but add to the fear that already exists in the country, and he did so with little to no expertise in the area. Reading his comments, it sounded as if he was simply responding to to media reports, which would be a poor idea.

Kelly was asked during the interview about when he thinks college football will return.

“It would be ideal if we could be back and operational sometime in the middle of June. It looks like it’s going to be very difficult to get a spring ball in, but I’m sure there’s going to be some conditioning activities,” Kelly said. “I don’t know if there’s really any competitive disadvantage from that perspective. … There’s a lot of things from common sense that we can make this thing happen, if in fact people continue to use good judgement.

“We’ve got 80% of the country staying at home,” he continued. “If we continue safe distancing, use masks, not overloading our hospitals and our health care we have a great chance to get to that spot …. If we do that the best opportunity for us is the middle of June.”

Kelly added, “July 1 is the drop dead date in that July 1 has got to be the day we have to start working out … That’s important for us to get our guys in a conditioning manner to play football.”

During the interview Kelly also suggested that Notre Dame would be taking a similar approach to what the SEC has done by holding virtual meetings with players.

“Beginning next week, we’ll start individual meetings and then position meetings talking a little bit of football, but there’s plenty of time for football.”

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Comments (8)
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card44spf
card44spf

Good stuff, and couldn’t agree more. I thought it was a really unprofessional thing to say.

Ohio Irish
Ohio Irish

I 100% agree with Coach Kelly’s reply. Kirk Kerbstreit is considered probably the top or one of the top college football analysts on tv. For him to go outside of his lane and make a statement like he did is irresponsible. Stick to what you know! Unless you’re a scientist, stay quiet! We don’t need people even more depressed about life because you want to make the news.

Bryan Driskell
Bryan Driskell

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Kelly also noted that next week they are going to start doing virtual meetings with players. Here's the quote:

“Beginning next week, we’ll start individual meetings and then position meetings talking a little bit of football, but there’s plenty of time for football.”

KMoore-24
KMoore-24

Herbstreit should know better. I like the guy and I respect his opinion but he is flat wrong here coming out publicly saying that. Because of the platform he has and how respected he is in the industry by everyone his opinion carries weight. BK was right to call him out.

I think there will be a college football season as well as a NFL season this fall. The NFL just said recently they expect the regular season to not only start on time but they expect to play the full season and for those games to be played in front of fans. The NFL is determined to go full steam ahead despite this pandemic and I applaud the commissioner for that.

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thomasna33
thomasna33

You think or hope football will happen this fall? Two different things. I hope it happens but only if it's safe.

KMoore-24
KMoore-24

I am very optimistic about the upcoming season. I truly think there will be football.

Irishfan11
Irishfan11

Stay in your lane, Kirk! People are going to use this to bash ND, unfortunately, even though Kelly is spot on.


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