Lee Corso Stroke: Is It Affecting GameDay Show?

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.”

Lee Corso on GameDay set picks LSU while Kirk Herbstreit gives Gator chomp

(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.