A crying Kirk Herbstreit made an emotional speech Saturday during the season premier of ESPN’s “College GameDay” when discussing the impact of 2020 events on the Black community.
The show also made predictions on the SEC West and East races and even debated the season’s start time.
However, Herbstreit’s emotional comments left Maria Taylor, as well as others on screen, in tears.
“I was talking to David Shaw, the head coach of Stanford, he shared a quote to me and it reminded me … from Benjamin Franklin: ‘Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as to those who are.’
“The black community is hurting. If you’ve listened, (you’ve heard) the word empathy and compassion over the last four months. How do you listen to these stories and not feel pain and not want to help? You know what I mean? It’s like wearing a hoodie, putting your hands at 10-2 (on the wheel). Oh god, I better look out. I’m wearing Nike gear, like what? What are we talking about?
“You can’t relate to that if you’re white but you can listen and try to help because this is not OK. It’s just not.
“We gotta do better man. We gotta lock arm and arm and be together. In a football locker room, that’s gone. We gotta do better.”
The GameDay crew also shared their picks on the SEC West and East races.
“I really felt Georgia all along, but I think with (Jamie) Newman opting out and JT Daniels stepping in, I’m going with Kyle Trask (at Florida),” Herbstreit said. “I’m going with the Florida Gators over Georgia in the SEC East.”
Lee Corso disagreed.
“I disagree. I go Georgia. They got a new quarterback, but they got 16 returning starters,” Corso said.
Desmond Howard sided with Herbstreit and the Gators.
As far as the West, it is all about Alabama.
“I still like Alabama to win the West; so, I’m going with Roll Tide,” Howard said.
“I agree with you, Desmond,” Corso said. “They have Texas A&M and Georgia at home. They’re hungry. Alabama — Roll Tide.”
“Auburn is a forgotten team, but I’m with the boys here. Alabama is still the team to beat in my mind.”
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.