Late last week, College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit surprised the football world when he said he would be “shocked” if the 2020 season started this fall.
“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 said. His comments immediately caused some backlash among the college football elite.
On Wednesday afternoon, one SEC head coach made it known that he wasn’t happy with Herbsteit’s comments. Missouri head coach Eli Drinkwitz – heading into his first season with the team – called Herbstreit out for causing “panic.”
“No offense to Mr. Herbstreit but deciding who’s gonna win a game on College GameDay is a lot different than than getting the world in a panic about whether or not we’re going to play a college football season,” Drinkwitz said on Wednesday.
Drinkwitz just held a Zoom press conference. Strongest comment: "No offense to Mr. Herbstreit but deciding who's gonna win a game on College GameDay is a lot different than than getting the world in a panic about whether or not we're going to play a college football season."
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 1, 2020
Drinkwitz isn’t the only notable person in college football to call Herbstreit out for his comments.
“I appreciate Kirk becoming a medical doctor and telling us what we should or shouldn’t do,” Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor said. “I’m not ready to go there yet.”
Drinkwitz led Appalachian State to a 12-1 record during his only season with the team before taking over at Missouri.