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Kirk Herbstreit

Kirk Herbstreit
Herbstreit in 2009
Born (1969-08-19) August 19, 1969
Centerville, Ohio
Occupation College football analyst
Spouse(s) Alison Butler
Children Four sons

Kirk Herbstreit (; born August 19, 1969)[1] is an American analyst for ESPN's College GameDay, a television program covering college football and a provider of color commentary on college football games on ESPN and ABC. He appears annually as a commentator in EA Sports' NCAA Football. He was a quarterback on the Ohio State football team. He saw action in several games his junior season and was the starting quarterback throughout his senior season.

Playing career and subsequent activities in Ohio

Kirk Herbstreit
Ohio StateNo. 4
Quarterback Graduated
Major: Business Administration
Date of birth: August 19, 1969
Place of birth: Centerville, Ohio
Career history
High school: Centerville High School
Bowl games
  • 1993 Florida Citrus Bowl 14-21 loss to Georgia
Career highlights and awards
  • 2,437 career passing yards
  • 197 completions/349 attempts
  • 11 interceptions
  • Five touchdowns
  • 9-4-1 (.679) career record as starter
  • Co-captain
  • 1988 Gatorade Player of the Year

Herbstreit graduated from Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. As a quarterback for the Elks, he was the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior. He also was a standout baseball player.

Herbstreit was the first player to commit to the rivalry game against Michigan. He completed 28 passes for 271 yards in a 13-13 tie against arch-rival University of Michigan in 1992.[2]

Herbstreit's father, Jim Herbstreit, had been a co-captain (along with offensive tackle Jim Tyrer) of the 1960 Ohio State team, and was later an assistant coach at Ohio State under Woody Hayes. When Herbstreit was named co-captain in 1992, the two became only the second father-and-son duo to have each been Ohio State captains. (James and Jeff Davidson were the first in 1989; Pepper and Dionte Johnson became the third in 2007.) Herbstreit graduated from Ohio State in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration. He currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife and four boys. He also is known for a 2009 case in which he sued the IRS for changing an implied policy of allowing deductions for house donations to the fire department for training purposes.[3]

Herbstreit is actively involved in multiple charities including the 2012 Buckeye Cruise for Cancer and The Make A Wish Foundation Ultimate Sports Auction.

He has lent his name to the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic in Columbus, Ohio and Arlington, Texas. According to the website, the Kickoff Classic "pits high school teams from the states of Ohio and Texas against prep football powerhouses from across the nation" over the Labor Day weekend. The games in Ohio are usually held at Ohio Stadium, while the games in Texas are held at Cowboys Stadium.

Lee Corso and Herbstreit discuss college football on an evening update of ESPN College Gameday.

Broadcasting career

Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, and Lee Corso sit alongside Herbstreit on the ESPN College GameDay set, discussing the day's college football games, and analyzing highlights and players. Every Saturday, College GameDay goes to colleges all around the United States to preview the school's upcoming football game. Herbstreit serves as an analyst for ABC Sports' college football prime time series alongside either play-by-play man Brent Musburger, who frequently refers to his partner as "Herbie", or Terry Gannon. He was nominated for a 1997 Sports Emmy Award as television's top studio analyst, along with Cris Collinsworth (eventual winner), Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw and Steve Lyons. He is a frequent contributor to and ESPN The Magazine. In 1997, he wrote a weekly in-season column—"Inside The Game With Kirk Herbstreit"—for The Sporting News. Herbstreit previously worked Thursday night games for ESPN as a color commentator, and he is currently in the booth for Saturday night college football games on ABC. On the day of the 2007 SEC championship game, Herbstreit falsely reported on ESPN's College GameDay that Les Miles had accepted an offer to succeed Lloyd Carr as the head coach at the University of Michigan.[4]

Herbstreit is also a contributor to the Columbus, Ohio-based FM radio station 97.1 The Fan; 97.1 is also an ESPN Radio affiliate. In July 2007, he served as a panelist for the series "Who's Now" alongside Keyshawn Johnson and Michael Wilbon.

It was announced on June 28, 2010 that Herbstreit would host a weekly college football radio program on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.

Personal life

Herbstreit met his wife, Allison, at Ohio State where she was a cheerleader.[5] They were married in 1998 and have four sons (including one set of twins).[6]

Herbstreit and family moved to Nashville, Tennessee from his home in Ohio in 2011 because of harassment by vocal Ohio State fans accusing him of directly criticizing his alma mater.[7] Herbstreit was quoted as saying "It's the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent 5 to 10% of the fan base but they are relentless."[8]


  1. ^ "About Kirk Herbstreit". Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rushing Records" from the 2011 Ohio State Information Guide
  3. ^ Lynn, Kathy (2009-07-23). "Herbstreit 'fire' puts focus on IRS dispute".  
  4. ^ "Source: Miles will remain coach at LSU"
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  8. ^ "'Relentless’ Buckeye fans have driven Kirk Herbstreit from Ohio"

External links

  • Official website
Preceded by
Carlos Snow
Ohio State Buckeyes
Football Season MVP

Succeeded by
Raymont Harris
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