"Not so fast my friend! "These words are those that ESPN aficionados hear every week from Lee Corso. He is the Gameday analyst that every week dons a mascot head for his game of the week prediction.
But before Corso was a sports star, he was a star for the FSU football program. Corso was born in Orlando, Florida and attended Florida State University on a football and baseball scholarship, where he roomed with future Hollywood star Burt Reynolds. He earned accolades for his athletic prowess at center and being a punishing savage at middle backer. His speed on the field earned him the nickname Sunshine Scooter.
Upon graduating in 1959 with a degree in physical education, Corso became the quarterbacks coach at the University of Maryland under his former FSU coach Tommy Nugent. In 1969, he was given the head coaching position at the University of Louisville. After taking Louisville to its first-ever bowl game in 1972, he was hired by Indiana University.
Corso's record was 41-68-2 over his ten years at Indiana, and in 1983 he became an announcer for the burgeoning United States Football League (USFL). After a brief stint as head coach at Northern Illinois University, Corso returned to the USFL - this time as a coach for the Orlando Renegades.
In 1987, Lee was hired by ESPN as an analyst for the College GameDay program. As of 2006, he is the only remaining original cast member. He plays the role of foil to co-hosts Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, as they cover the major college football games from August until January.
He is a member of the following:
Member, Florida State University Hall of Fame (1978)
Member, University of Louisville Hall of Fame
Member, Florida Sports Hall of Fame
Sunday, November 12, 2006
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