Kirk Herbstreit Credit: The Mental Game Podcast

Nick Saban is set to join the the cast of College GameDay this fall, pairing college football’s most legendary coach ever with its most popular studio show ever. In a recent interview, longtime GameDay voice Kirk Herbstreit revealed what he’s most excited about as Saban joins him on the desk on Saturdays.

“Nick Saban has such a great personality,” Herbstreit said on the latest episode of The Mental Game. “He’s very serious, he’s very X-O. But I think people are going to see him smile, they’re going to see him have some fun.”

Herbstreit got a taste of broadcasting alongside the legendary Alabama coach at this year’s NFL Draft, getting a feel for when to coax more brilliance out of Saban for the viewers at home.

“He’s at such a different level,” Herbstreit said. “If he can basically teach us every week … we’re just kind of at the beginning of where this thing might go with him being aboard.”

Herbstreit teased a potential Xs and Os segment with Saban as well as the shenanigans he and Pat McAfee are sure to get into each weekend.

Saban has been referenced as a potential heir to Lee Corso on GameDay, and Herbstreit’s blessing plus Saban’s performance in year one on the show would go a long way toward cementing a great relationship long-term.

In the interview, Herbstreit also discusses his mental health journey, his relationship with Corso, and the support he gets while traveling with his now-famous canine companion, Ben.

[The Mental Game on YouTube]

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