Rece Davis asked to share his opinion on Kirk Herbstreit saying there won't be football in 2020: 'I just think that's a little bit premature'
If you missed it last week, Kirk Herbstreit caused a bit of a firestorm when he shared his opinion that there would be no college football of NFL football until 2021.
Here are the comments the ESPN College GameDay host shared during an appearance on ESPN radio last Thursday.
“In my opinion, until we have a vaccine, where we’ve really got some control over this, even if this curve is flattened out, this virus is still out there. I’ll be shocked, I haven’t talked with anybody but I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football. I’ll be so surprised if that happens,” Herbstreit recently.
The way Herbstreit views the situation, until we have a vaccine for the coronavirus, playing football just won’t be safe enough — based on the information he’s heard from the medical experts.
“Just because from what I understand, people that I listen to, you’re 12 to 18 months from a vaccine,” Herbstreit added. “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.”
Herbstreit later joined “The Paul Finebaum Show” to offer up a follow-up comment, noting he isn’t trying to cause panic but noted he was trying to be honest.
Following the buzz created by Herbstreit last week, his fellow College GameDay host Rece Davis joined ESPN show “First Take” to offer a response to Kirk’s comments.
“I’m far more optimistic and more hopeful than you know Kirk’s quote there, at this point,” Davis answered. “I just think that’s a little bit premature at this juncture, while offering the caveat, there is so much unknown out there and Kirk’s right based on everything I’ve read in terms of the medical experts in terms of a vaccine. But I’m hopeful and optimistic with so many people working on this that we’re going to have at least some type of treatment that there will be some type of break over the next several weeks that perhaps will make it far more feasible to have football.
“So at this point, I’m far more optimistic. Might there be adjustments in the schedule? Might things change a little bit in terms of how the business is conducted? Sure, because so many things have happened that we could not have envisioned 6-8 weeks ago, but I’m much, much more optimistic that we will have football in the fall, at least at this point based on what you can ascertain from the moment.”
Here’s hoping that Davis is right on this one.