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Biography:

Lee Corso is a college football analyst and broadcaster for ESPN, and is a former college football coach. He is most famous for his appearances as a featured analyst on ESPN’s College GameDay program since 1987.

Corso played football for Florida State University, where he set the former school record for most career interceptions. After college, Corso became a quarterbacks coach under his former FSU coach Tommy Nugent. In 1966, Corso became the cornerback coach at Navy. Because of his success in this position, he was hired as the head coach of Louisville. Corso continued to succeed in his coaching career, taking Louisville to its second bowl game trip in school history. In 1972, Corso became the head coach of Indiana and lead the 1979 Cougars to their first top-20 ranking since the 1960’s.

In 1987, Sports Speaker Lee Corso was hired as an analyst for ESPN’s College GameDay program. Corso often provides comedic elements to the show with his catchphrase, “Not so fast, my friend!” which is usually used in disagreement to Herbstreit’s predictions. He is also known for calling the other broadcasters “sweethearts.”  At the end of every weekly show, Corso picks who he thinks will the game at the site of the College GameDay show by putting on the headgear of his selected team.  This tradition began in 1996, and as of October 2013 he estimated wearing various teams’ headgear pieces 220 times.

In addition to being a broadcaster and an analyst, Corso made an appearance in a 2006 Nike commercial and has appeared in various EA Sports NCAA Football video games along with Kirk Herbstreit and Brad Nessler.  During the offseason, Corso serves as the Director of Business Development for Dixon Ticonderoga, which makes writing and arts products. He is also the honorary chairman of pediatric cancer research charity Coaches Curing Kids’ Cancer. In 2010, Corso was awarded the NCFAA’s Contributions to College Football Award, which “recognizes exceptional contributions to college football and a lifetime of achievement and integrity.” As a former Boys’ club member, Corso is named in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.