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ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit enjoys his hectic Saturdays in the fall

Herbstreit works “College GameDay” and then broadcasts Saturday prime-time game
by Mel Bracht Modified: October 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm •  Published: October 24, 2012

For college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, Saturdays in the fall are extremely hectic, starting with ESPN's “College GameDay” and ending with ABC's prime-time game — often the best game of the day. He wouldn't have it any other way.

For the former Ohio State quarterback, his love of college football makes it a pure joy. He enjoys watching as many games as possible, many from the “GameDay” bus.

“To me, it's almost for me like an addiction,” Herbstreit said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “I just love it, and if I can't watch it, it's a big problem for me. The best part of my job is when the show's over I get to watch the games.”

On some Saturdays, he will work “College GameDay” and then fly across the country to call a game with Brent Musburger and Heather Cox. Two weeks ago, he worked “College GameDay” in South Bend, Ind., previewing the Stanford-Notre Dame game, then flew to Baton Rouge, La., to broadcast the South Carolina-LSU game that night.

On Saturday, he'll have it easy. After working “College GameDay” in the morning and an afternoon of watching games on TV, he'll walk up to the OU press box to call the Sooners' game against Notre Dame.

In his 17th year with the show, Herbstreit, 43, said he is amazed that crowds at “GameDay” sites continue to grow.

“I just think that the sport in general has become so much more popular, along with the NFL, and I think our show is kind of symbolic of the sport,” he said.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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