I'm new to this blog, but since I've been here, I've noticed a lot of hate for Kirk Herbstreit, as if he's some kind of traitor. That negative attitude really surprises me. Personally, I'm kind of proud of the fact that the face of college football on ESPN is a former Buckeye. So, I figured I'd give you folks the opportunity to convince me. Present your evidence, counselors! What is it in your minds that makes Kirk Herbstreit so despicable?
Here are some points in his defense:
- Herbstreit clearly displays his abiding affection for his alma mater on national TV. (Example: whenever Game Day comes to Columbus, he brings his kids onto the set at the end of the show decked out in Buckeye jerseys.)
- Yes, he moved to TN. But I have kids, too. So I understand his need (as a father) to shield his kids from the kind of negativity that some of the worst "fans" heaped on him when he went out in public. If I was basically being stalked by angry fans, I'd consider moving away from them, too.
- Yes, he repeated some of the false charges levied by George Dohrmann. But why wouldn't he believe the reporting of a Pulitzer prize winning journalist? How could he have known that Dohrmann was throwing his credibility away in a hit piece whose sole motive was character assassination? (Remember: Herbstreit is a commentator and an announcer, not a journalist himself.)
- Yes, I wish somebody - anybody - had had the guts to defend OSU and Jim Tressel when everyone - and I mean everyone - at ESPiN was trashing them. But, let's face it, Herbstreit couldn't be that person without completely losing credibility with his colleagues and all non-Ohio viewers.
So, with all that in mind, please convince me why Herbstreit deserves the derision that he is showered with on this website. Present your evidence, Prosecutor.