Kirk Herbstreit positive for coronavirus, plans to call Clemson-Ohio State game from home

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One of college football's most recognizable voices has revealed he tested positive for coronavirus.

ESPN and ABC analyst Kirk Herbstreit made the announcement on social media on Wednesday morning.

The veteran broadcaster said he is feeling "good" and plans to be on-duty on New Year's Day, when he's scheduled to appear on College GameDay in the morning before later calling the Sugar Bowl, featuring Clemson and Ohio State.

Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback, will be joining longtime College GameDay co-host Lee Corse in calling into the show remotely. Corso has been appearing from his home all season owing to health considerations amid the pandemic.

The Sugar Bowl, a higher-profile affair set to be held in New Orleans, could be relatively more challenging for producers. Herbstreit's co-hosts will presumably be on-hand at the Superdome, potentially setting up awkward lag times as he chimes in to break down the game.

In any event, the setback marks the latest turn in a series of notable headlines for Herbstreit this season.

The college football stalwart earned favorable reviews for an NFL cameo on Monday Night Football, but later came under fire in a separate incident after intimating that Michigan's football program might use the virus as an excuse to suspend its annual rivalry contest against Ohio State in order to deny the Buckeyes the number of games needed to qualify for the Big Ten Championship.

Michigan AD Warde Manuel blasted Herbstreit for the suggestion -- even after the apology had already been issued.

"I had no business at all saying that," Herbstreit later tweeted. "I have no evidence of that. It was completely unfair to the University of Michigan, to Jim Harbaugh, to his players and his coaches."

Herbstreit's twin sons Jake and Tye play for Clemson, both reserves who have appeared sparingly since walking on in 2019.

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