Kirk Herbstreit: ESPN Is Trying to Take College GameDay on the Road

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Kirk Herbstreit had a spot with 3HL on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville today, and he dropped a really hopeful nugget about the possibility of ESPN taking College GameDay on campus for football season. Listen around the 28:30 mark:

“I was on a call for this morning,” Herbstreit said. “Everything is just tentative, but we really are doing everything we can — or at least our bosses are — to try to give the fans the closest thing that we can give them to what you’d expect from GameDay — which means trying to put it on the road. I don’t think they’re gonna have fans at GameDay, obviously. I think we’re gonna try to have some fun — you see the NBA, some of the virtual stuff. We’re talking about Clemson and Florida State, maybe have fans from those schools on monitors going crazy cheering on their team.”

He said they are still trying to make it feel like a “tailgate” and that he’s proud they’re not taking the easy way out of doing a remote show from their respective homes.

This is awesome news if they can pull it off — it’s at least great to see that they’re being ambitious and I’m sure there are contingency plans if it doesn’t work.

(Here’s the obligatory part of this story where we note that the Big Ten and Pac-12 canceled their seasons too early if ESPN is still talking about the possibility of having College GameDay on campus.)

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. It would be a good step in a return to normalcy, though without fans, it won’t have the same magic. I sincerely hope the inevitable fake crowd in the background are holding up football signs (albeit fake). The first #BLM/social justice message that ESPN sneaks into their College Game Day Sgt Pepper fan collage, I’m turning the channel. Perhaps they can borrow from MLB and put CGI crowds from years past behind the stage.

  2. I stopped watching Gameday a while ago, but I do enjoy the daily College football Live program as just a quick update on all the CFB news and I genuinely enjoy Pollack and Galloway.

    Gameday is tired, they’ve been doing the same crap for 20 years, and the “celebrity country singer” picking games that coincidently has an album out that Disney/ABC wants to promote is a very tired schtick. Don’t get me started on Corso, elderly abuse putting him on TV at this point.

    • He was great, but he stopped being good on TV about 5 years ago. Let the old boy rest. I’m over Herbstreit as well, doesn’t take a real stance on anything anymore.

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