ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit had the opportunity to discuss some different topics, including his twin sons and their first year at Clemson last week when he was a guest on, On the Call with Jeff Rimmer.
Tye and Jake Herbstreit are both heading into their second season in the program. So far, their move back to campus during these unusual times appears to have been far from seamless.
“Jake and Tye went back to Clemson on May 31st,” Herbstreit said. “My boys tested negative. Their roommates tested positive, so now they are labeled as ‘direct contact’ so they are quarantined now for 14 days. And they’ll be tested again after that 14-day quarantine, and hopefully they’ll still be negative.”
While redshirting last season, the Herbstreit brothers were able to go on the road with the team during the College Football Playoff, and dress out with the team. Having grown up big Ohio State fans, the elder Herbstreit says that is a moment his boys will always cherish.
“They redshirted last year and were able to participate in not just the home games but they were able to travel out and be a part of a surreal moment for them against Ohio State in the semifinal game,” Herbstreit said. “A team they grew up worshipping.”
Herbstreit himself was a star at Ohio State, and after growing up following the program, his sons know the team inside and out. Watching their current team rally from 16 down to knock their childhood favorites off is something that was indescribable, not to mention the new bling they came away with after the Tigers 14-1 season.
“They got to look on the other side and even though they weren’t playing, still surreal to look and see those uniforms,” Herbstreit said “They got to dress in the national championship game and they came up short vs. LSU, but pretty cool for them in their first year to get these two rings that are just massive. So that was really cool.”
Some were surprised when the twins even decided to attend Clemson and that Herbstreit was fully on board. With many expecting the Tigers and Buckeyes to meet up in the playoff once again in 2020, the Herbstreit’s family history and longtime ties to the Ohio State program will be an interesting storyline to follow. Not to mention how the two youngsters develop as players on the field.