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Kirk Herbstreit reportedly in play to add Monday Night Football to broadcasting résumé


Kirk Herbstreit is in the news.  Again.

It’s been an open secret that ESPN is looking to move on from the current Monday Night Football crew of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland.  The World Wide Leader’s pursuit of Tony Romo failed to bear fruit.  The same with Peyton Manning.

In April, it was reported that the high-profile college booth of Herbstreit and Chris Fowler was a possibility to replace Tessitore-McFarland in the MNF booth.  Three months later, it’s now being reported that Herbstreit could be headed to that booth.  While maintaining his college football duties.  From the New York Post:

Kirk Herbstreit calling “Monday Night Football” is gaining a little more momentum, though, it is by no means a done deal. Here’s the news: This is even if there is a college football season, according to sources.

If college football is played this fall, Herbstreit would continue with Chris Fowler on ESPN’s No. 1 team. That is not changing, no matter what.

However, the NFL likes Herbstreit, sources say, and he could do double duty and team with new MNF play-by-play favorite Steve Levy. It is very unlikely Fowler would do both college and the MNF.

The 50-year-old Herbstreit has been a part of the ESPN College GameDay cast since 1996.  In 2015, the former Ohio State quarterback joined Fowler in the Saturday night booth.

The Post also mentioned Brian Griese as a possibility to join Levy on MNF.  Since 2009, the ex-Michigan quarterback has worked for ESPN as a college football analyst.

ESPN college football analyst Ryan Leaf arrested on domestic battery charge

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Rightly so, Ryan Leaf has been applauded for pulling himself out of a drug-addled abyss.  This holiday weekend, though, he’s back on the wrong side of the headlines.

Friday, reported that Ryan Leaf has been arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.  The incident that led to his arrest happened in Palm Springs, California.

Thus far, no details of what led to the arrest and charges have been released.

After getting his life turned around, Ryan Leaf worked as a game analyst on the Pac-12 Network in 2018.  He also co-hosted a show on SiriusXM’s Pac-12 channel as well.  In July of 2019, Leaf was hired by ESPN as a college football analyst.

Here’s what CFT wrote at the time of Leaf’s ESPN hiring:

The former Washington State quarterback led the Cougars to a Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl appearance in 1997, a year in which he finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, behind only Pro Football Hall of Famers Charles Woodson and Peyton Manning. He was selected second overall in the 1998 NFL draft and then flamed out–spectacularly.

Leaf played in only 25 games as a professional, the first tumble in a decade-long fall that eventually found him addicted to Vicodin and incarcerated with multiple burglary and drug convictions. He was in and out of Texas and Montana jails for the first part of this decade, but was released in December of 2014 and has since spent time rebuilding his life–including a new career as a broadcaster.

“Five years ago sitting in a prison cell I would have never imagined that I was going to be part of ESPN and the Disney Corporation,” Leaf told the Associated Press. “If you would have told me that I would have said you are absolutely crazy. And I can’t believe it. I lay my head down every night with a ton of gratitude.

As of this posting, ESPN has not addressed the development of one of its broadcast rising stars.

Report: Moving team of Chris Fowler-Kirk Herbstreit to MNF ‘back on the table’

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As if there’s not enough spitty college football news already.  Now, this?

It’s an open secret that ESPN is looking to move on from the current Monday Night Football crew of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland.  The World Wide Leader’s pursuit of Tony Romo failed to bear fruit.  The same with Peyton Manning.

So, if ESPN is to shake up its MNF booth, to where will they turn?  Apparently, the most high-profile college football booth.

From the New York Post:

ESPN has put the idea of moving its college team of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit back on the table, but is wary of creating a problem with its national championship duo. They can’t be ruled out, though, just yet.

Fowler, who will turn 58 in August, has been a part of ESPN’s college football coverage since 1988.  From 1990 through the 2014 season, the Colorado native served as the ringmaster of the wildly popular College Gameday show.  In taking over for Brent Musburger as the play-by-play voice of the network’s Saturday night college football showcase in 2015, Fowler handed over the GameDay reins to Rece Davis.

The 50-year-old Herbstreit has been a part of the GameDay cast since 1996.  In 2015, the former Ohio State quarterback joined Fowler in the Saturday night booth.

Herbstreit, of course, made some noise late last month where he proclaimed that he will “be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football. I’ll be so surprised if that happens.” Conversely, Davis expressed guarded optimism that there will be a season.