ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has inked an eight-year extenstion with ESPN (news that we brought you earlier this month), and with the confirmation of his extension, we've learned some new details.
The most noteworthy of the details is pairing Herbstreit alongside Colin Cowherd during his Tuesday spot on College Football Live. Herbstreit is an experienced radio voice, as is Cowherd, and the pair could have a unique chemistry that turns the studio show into more of a discussion/debate hour, like when Cowherd was on SportsNation. I get the feeling that will drive people up the wall, but Herbstreit at least has other roles to fall back on, and I doubt ESPN would turn one of their flagship college football programs during the week into debate show #14 (at least when Lou Holtz and Mark May aren't around).
Herbstreit will also continue his duties as a commentator for the Rose Bowl and BCS National Champoinship Game, transitioning into one of the two College Football Playoff semifinal games in 2015 and the championship game as well. Herbstreit will also remain on College Gameday and call ESPN's Saturday Night Football showcase game.
Locking up Herbstreit is huge for ESPN, especially after Fox signed away Bill Raftery yesterday. Herbstreit is an incredibly versatile performer in the college football world, and any network would be happy to bring him aboard. But with this extension, he's not going anywhere for awhile.
I used to like Colin Cowherd of ESPN radio.
Now that he is ESPN's Colin Cowherd, not so much.
His 'spanning the globe' segment was good, talking to writers from outlets around the country. Now, it's just talking to people who work for four-letter network outlets, and it's just more of the 'echo chamber.'
Cowherd has somehow turned his solo radio show into a debate show with himself, not sure how he'll be able to hold back creating another one. Some Buckeyes don't like Herbie, but I happen to enjoy him, would have been interesting seeing him jump ship for Fox, will be interesting to see if that channel can actually make a play for some decent coverage.
I already wasn't watching much of College Football Live due to the over abundance of SEC coverage. Now I definitely won't ever tune in again because of Colin Coherd.
For God sakes. Cowherd? I like Herbie but I won't stomach Colin to listen in. Might as well be Bayless and Screamin' A Smith for all I care once Colin is there.