ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit came under fire Saturday for remarks on the state of the sport amid players opting out of bowl games.
Herbstreit appeared on “College Gameday” to preview New Year’s Day bowl games at the Rose Bowl when he made the remarks to former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard.
“What’s the difference as a player when saying these games are ‘meaningless’ when, Des, we played in ‘meaningless’ games,” Herbstreit said. “I mean I know you guys were here a lot. I just don’t understand. If you don’t make it to the playoff, how is it meaningless to play football and compete? Isn’t that what we do as football players? We compete?
“I don’t know if changing it or expanding it is going to change anything. I really don’t. I just think this era of player just doesn’t love football.”
Howard agreed with Herbstreit and said going to a bowl game was a “huge reward for a fantastic season.”
The former Ohio State quarterback later tried to clarify his remarks on Twitter.
“Just wanted to clarify some of my comments from earlier today. Of course some players love the game the same today as ever,” he wrote. “But some don’t. I’ll always love the players of this game and sorry if people thought I generalized or lumped them all into one category.”