ESPN fans will be seeing a lot more of veteran college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit. The two-time Sports Emmy Award winner has signed a new deal with “The Sports Leader” that will keep him there through 2022. He earned the award for “Best Studio Analyst” in 2010 and 2011. He will continue to call ABC’s Saturday Night Football package and will also make weekly appearances on a number of ESPN shows including: ESPN College Game Day built by The Home Depot and College Football Live. This season marks Herbstreit’s eighteenth season as co-analyst on the prior of the two.
When asked about the new deal, ESPN Executive VP of Production John Wildhack expressed his pleasure at having the deal finalized. “Kirk Herbstreit is synonymous with college football’s biggest stage and moments. He is at the top of his game and he’s ours into the next decade. We’re thrilled,” he said. Herbstreit shared that sentiment, adding “I’ve always felt that ESPN and ABC are the home of college football and even more so now that they have the College Football Playoff for 12 years. Considering the opportunities that lay ahead and the great people I get to work with every day, it was an easy decision to stay with the company that gave me my start.”
This season, he will also get back to his radio roots. He will start working with Colin Cowherd for his show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd. The Herd airs on ESPN Radio Monday – Friday from 10am – 1pm EST.
The new, nine-year deal will see Herbstreit back in the booth again for this year’s Rose Bowl and BCS Title National Championship. When the BCS system switches over in 2015 to the College Football Playoff, Herbstreit will call one National Semifinal and the National Championship each season. Along with this, he will also make contributions on SportsCenter, online at ESPN.com, and in ESPN The Magazine.
Herbstreit’s College Game Day cohort Lee Corso shared his thoughts on the announcement, adding that it is because of Herbstreit that College Game Day is as popular as it is today. “ESPN and College GameDay are better because of Kirk. He is not only a talented analyst, he is an even better person, family man and an asset to ESPN,” he said. “And I am proud of all he has accomplished. To him I say, ‘Not so fast my friend…’ I look forward to working next to Kirk beyond my 86th birthday!”
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