In an interview with 97.1 FM The Ticket in Detroit, Herbstreit — known perhaps as the face and voice of college football for this generation — brought up this year’s Iowa team as an example of what’s both great and wrong with the sport. The Hawkeyes (6-2) had a tumultuous offseason and dropped their first two games by a combined five points. They have since won six straight by an average of 21.8 points per game.
“To me, that’s one of the great stories of college football (this year) and we live in this era of, ‘Does it have anything to do with the playoff? Nope, OK, who cares?’ And if that’s the world we’re going to live in in college football, that’s like March Madness,” Herbstreit. “If you’re in March Madness, fill out the bracket and we’re gonna get excited. But do you care about the NIT? No, unless it’s maybe your school.
“That’s what college football’s turning into with this playoff. If you’re in the playoff, it’s March Madness. And if you’re not in the playoff — even if you’re 9-2 — good riddance. Kids are opting out of Rose Bowls; kids are opting out of Sugar Bowls. It’s like, what in the hell is happening to our sport?”
Maybe you should talk to your employer about that, Kirk. Assuming you really care, that is. Otherwise, this is jaw-dropping hypocrisy. Or in your case, business as usual.