Kirk Herbstreit clarified Saturday comments he made earlier in the day when he contended college football players don’t love football as much as they used to.
During ESPN’s “College GameDay,” the analyst was talking about players who opt out of bowl games and why bowl games were meaningless to those who opt out to prepare for the NFL draft.
“Isn’t that what we do as football players, we compete? I don’t know if changing it, expanding it is going to change anything, I really don’t,” Herbstreit said. “I think this era of player just doesn’t love football.”
Howard – a former Michigan star – agreed with Herbstreit.
“Their whole mentality right now is about the championship, the playoff,” Howard said. “We’ve got to get into the CFP and because of that they don’t value the bowl games. When we were coming up, Herbstreit and myself, to go to a bowl game was a huge reward for a fantastic season. That’s what it meant.”
Later in the day, Herbstreit try to clarify his comments on Twitter.
“Of course, some players love the game the same today as ever,” Herbstreit tweeted. “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.”
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.