Kirk Herbstreit played for Ohio State, but he has a pretty big connection to Michigan.
After Herbstreit's late father Jim finished his playing career at OSU, he went on to become Bo Schembechler's top assistant at Miami (Ohio). The elder Herbstreit only lasted a couple of seasons before leaving the coaching profession, but he must have left quite an impression.
Of course, Schembechler eventually became the most legendary head coach at Michigan, Ohio State's archrival.
Yesterday, Kirk Herbstreit posted a tribute to his father, who would have turned 79 years old. Author and Michigan alum John U. Bacon responded by saying Schembechler was a big fan of Herbie's old man.
"Bo loved Kirk's dad -- and thought he'd get Kirk!" Bacon tweeted. "Always thought he should be in maize and blue -- the highest praise Bo could give a player."
Clearly touched by those words, Herbstreit had a few for Schembechler himself.
This was cool to see. Obviously, the OSU-Michigan rivalry runs deep, but these programs do have a deep respect for each other.
Herbstreit was a freshman in 1989, for Schembechler's final game in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. The Wolverines won 28-18.
The Buckeyes actually never beat Michigan during Herbstreit's tenure. The best they could do was a 13-13 tie in 1992.
Ohio State and Michigan will play on November 25, 2018.