Kirk Herbstreit is taking his talents and his family to Music City. The ESPN college football analyst and former Ohio State quarterback has lived in Ohio his entire life. The decision to move came after three years of consideration. In the end, he just couldn’t put up with the vocal minority of tOSU fans who don’t understand that his job requires him to be objective.
“Nobody loves Ohio State more than me,” said Herbstreit, a former Buckeyes quarterback. “I still have a picture of Woody Hayes and my dad (Jim, a former OSU player) in my office, and nobody will do more than I do for the university behind the scenes. But I’ve got a job to do, and I’m going to continue to be fair and objective. To continue to have to defend myself and my family in regards to my love and devotion to Ohio State is unfair.”
“From a sports perspective, this is rough,” he said. “I love Ohio State. Love the Blue Jackets. Love the Reds. Those are my hobbies. I don’t like moving. I love living here. I don’t want to leave. But I just can’t do this anymore. I really can’t keep going like this.
“Eighty to ninety percent of the Ohio State fans are great. It’s the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent only 5 to 10 percent of the fan base, but they are relentless.”
This is why Ohio can’t have anything nice. Now Herbstreit will be known as the traitor who turned his back on his home because he couldn’t take a little tough love.
[Columbus Dispatch, Image via Getty]