ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit offers a solution to the summer of chaos in college football
Call it the summer of chaos or simply frustration, but ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit said there needs to be a change.
The lead college football analyst said on the “CFB Podcast with Herbie, Pollack & Negandhi” that a new structure of leadership is needed after the Big Ten and Pac-12 decided to call off their fall seasons from a traditional standpoint at least, and the SEC, ACC and Big 12 moved on albeit with revised schedules.
“I think this is unprecedented,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t think anybody’s seen anything like this, at least in our lifetimes. When you go through unchartered waters, it’s not like you have a playbook for that. So I think it’s very easy to sit on the sidelines and criticize leaders that have to make decisions. In this case, in college football, if anybody questioned where the leadership is in college football, is it the NCAA, is it Bill Hancock, is it each of the Power 5 conferences, I think we learned that everybody lives in a silo.”
Herbstreit said he was frustrated with how the events unfolded, but he hopes that things can get better on the other side.
“I’m hoping that the powers that be, that this is not probably the best way to go in the future,” Herbstreit said. “We need a voice, we need a person that we turn to who gathers information and then says ‘OK, here’s what I think we need to do collectively for the sport.’ I don’t even know if that’s possible. But it sounds good to me because this has been very frustrating to see the Big Ten do what they’re doing, Larry (Scott), out west doing what he’s doing, Greg (Sankey) holding steady in the SEC. Everybody’s their own boss and I think it leaves the average college football fan kind of confused and frustrated with the whole process.”
His co-host, David Pollack, basically poured water on that idea.
“Kirk, there’s no way in Hades we’re going to have one voice in college football, that’s not the way we do things,” Pollack said. “Look at the College Football Playoff committee. We’re going to have a committee, because God forbid we leave anybody out.”