Michael David Smith today @ AOL Fanhouse: “Lee Corso suffered a stroke in May, and on Saturday’s College GameDay, it was obvious from hearing him speak that he hasn’t completely recovered from it. But I admire him for staying on the air, and I admire ESPN for allowing him to stay on the air.”
(Corso picks LSU today on GameDay while Herbstreit gives Gator chomp)
I actually think there hasn’t been much dropoff in Corso’s performance to this point. And I never thought I’d say this: I miss him on afternoon and evening drop-ins. He, for me, crossed-over into a living room personality long ago - type of guy you don’t realize you miss until he’s gone. A little like Leno.
I think what may be slowing Corso down now more than anything is his medical condition combined with his age: 79 (same as FSU coach Bobby Bowden.)
I actually think Corso could probably be doing a full schedule at this time, but ESPN is smart to limit his workload. That decision may cause Corso to be around a lot longer going forward, which is a good thing.
College ain’t pro. It’s a lot less about about steely, hard-boiled analysis than the NFL. It’s about personalities and familiarity (traditions) more than point spreads. Guys like Corso and Lou Holtz … yeah, we mock them constantly, but in the end, they enhance not inhibit the college football watching experience.