ESPN Analyst Kirk Herbstreit Apologizes For Suggesting Michigan Staff Would Exploit COVID-19

ESPN soccer analyst Kirk Herbstreit rapidly reversed subject Tuesday after suggesting the University of Michigan workforce would use COVID-19 as an excuse to duck rival Ohio State and sabotage the Buckeyes’ championship hopes.

“I had no enterprise in any respect saying that,” Herbstreit declared on Twitter within the video under. “I’ve no proof of that. It was fully unfair to the College of Michigan, to Jim Harbaugh, to his gamers and coaches, and I simply needed to apologize.”

Michigan’s loss final week to beforehand winless Penn State put the Wolverines’ report at 2-4. They’ve an eight-game dropping streak in opposition to Ohio State, which is 4-0. 

Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback, stated on the School Soccer Playoff rankings present earlier that Michigan could attempt to keep away from the Dec. 12 showdown to flee “humiliation” and forestall its nemesis from taking part in in sufficient video games to qualify for the Massive Ten championship.

“I nonetheless suppose Michigan waves the white flag, doubtlessly avoids taking part in Ohio State subsequent week, after which they’ll doubtlessly get a recreation on the 19th,” Herbstreit stated, per the New York Post. “Michigan may choose out, principally, of that recreation, and preserve Ohio State out of six video games to qualify for the Massive Ten championship. That doesn’t make sense to me.”

The Wolverines halted in-person activities Monday after presumptive constructive assessments for COVID-19 within the soccer program, MLive reported. Michigan is scheduled to host Maryland on Saturday.

Like most of school soccer, the Massive Ten has been upended by the pandemic. Ohio State was concerned in certainly one of two convention video games canceled final week as a result of outbreaks.

“All of us undergo some ups and downs, many downs for lots of people throughout this COVID disaster that we’re all in,” Herbstreit stated. “For me, in school soccer, I actually wrestle with the place we’re. Gamers opting out, groups canceling video games, it simply looks as if it’s a downward spiral.”

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