Kirk Herbstreit is having serious doubts that two prominent sports will be able to play their regular season games as scheduled due to the coronavirus.
The College GameDay analyst and ESPN personality made an appearance on ESPN radio to talk about the future of football in 2020, and unfortunately, it doesn’t look good in his eyes.
The NFL hasn’t set any delays for the 2020 season, but Herbstreit thinks the league should.
“Next thing you know you got a locker room full of guys that are sick. And that’s on your watch? I wouldn’t want to have that,” Herbstreit said when asked what he would do if he was the league’s commissioner.
Herbstreit on the 2020 college football season:
“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.
“Just because from what I understand, people that I listen to, you’re 12 to 18 months from a [coronavirus] vaccine. 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. You don’t all of the sudden come up with something in July or August and say, ‘Okay we’re good to go’ and turn ’em loose!”
Herbstreit added that he feels the worst has yet to come.
“As much as I hate to say it, I think we’re scratching the surface of where this thing’s gonna go.”
New players headed to new teams won’t be able to workout with their new teammates and that will only further make it harder for teams to hit the field in the fall.
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