ESPN’s college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has tested positive for COVID-19 and, health permitting says he plans to work from home on New Year’s Day.
“Thankfully I feel good & my family is okay, but going through protocols that will keep me home,” Herbstreit said on Twitter.
Herbstreit’s Friday schedule from his home office will include ESPN’s “College GameDay” and the network’s production of the Ohio State-Clemson College Football Playoff semifinal.
The 51-year-old, who played quarterback at Ohio State, said he tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week.
The work plan is not unique for Herbstreit, who regularly appears on site for “GameDay” and then flies out to join the announcing team for a prime-time game.
Herbstreit joined ESPN in 1996 and, in addition to game-day duties, makes appearances on ESPN during the week from a studio in his Tennessee home.
Chris Fowler and reporter Maria Taylor will be in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl matchup between No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State. It’s a repeat of last year’s semifinal matchup that Clemson won 29-23 in the Fiesta Bowl. The Tigers went on to lose 42-25 to LSU in the national championship game in New Orleans.
Herbstreit found himself in COVID controversy earlier this season when he referenced a strategy Michigan could employ—using coronavirus as an excuse—to avoid facing Ohio State. After some intense criticism, he apologized.
“I had no business at all saying that. I have no evidence of that. It was completely unfair to Michigan, to Jim Harbaugh, to his players and coaches, and I just want to apologize.”
“College GameDay” is scheduled to air from 9 a.m.-noon ET, with the Sugar Bowl from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 8 p.m. ET.