Brian Kelly, the quarantined head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (that just sounds fun) went on the radio to talk to WSBT’s Sportsbeat about the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic and what they’re doing to keep the team as prepared as possible to start the 2020 college football season.
Recently, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit went on record about the prospects of 2020:
“I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall, if we have college football. I’ll be so surprised if that happens,” Herbstreit said.
”Just because from what I understand, people that I listen to, you’re 12 to 18 months from a [coronavirus] vaccine. I don’t know how you let these guys go into locker rooms and let stadiums be filled up and how you can play ball. I just don’t know how you can do it with the optics of it.”
Herbie was met with sharp criticism about what he should or shouldn’t say by fans and coaches from across the country.
Now it’s Brian Kelly’s turn:
“Kirk does not know what he’s talking about. I mean, really? For him to talk in those terms...he’s not a scientist. He’s a college football analyst, so we’ll let the scientists determine those things.” - Kelly on Kirk Herbstreit saying he’d be shocked if college FB is played.— Sean Stires (@SeanWSBT) April 1, 2020
I think a lot of people’s first reaction to this would be, “TELL ‘EM COACH!” but that is, again, a first reaction.
Eliah Drinkwitz, the head coach of the Missouri Tigers, made a statement similar to Brian Kelly’s when he was asked about the Herbstreit opinion — but then he went on the Paul Finebaum show to apologize for those statements.
So, I suppose, we are all a little on edge here. Here’s the truth:
- This coronavirus stuff is very serious
- We can’t say for certain when it will be over
It’s okay if you want to be positive about it all — because positivity is a great state of mind. Everyone, however, should still be open-minded about other possibilities than the one we are hoping for down the road.
“If we continue safe distancing, if we use masks, if we continue to not overload our hospitals, and our healthcare, I think we have a great chance of getting to (starting college football on time).” - Brian Kelly says the next month will be crucial.— Sean Stires (@SeanWSBT) April 1, 2020
You can listen to the entire Brian Kelly interview there are several ways to listen to it via their app or on Apple Podcasts.