Lee Corso turns 87: CFB fans, media send birthday wishes to the ESPN personality
Lee Corso is celebrating his 87th birthday on Sunday.
The longtime ESPN personality has been an analyst for “College GameDay” since its introduction in 1987, and as the program begins its 36th season in a few weeks, Corso will be behind the desk alongside Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, and David Pollack.
Before his time with College GameDay, Corso was a longtime college football coach, starting with a graduate assistant role with his alma mater, Florida State, in 1958 before serving as a full-time assistant at Maryland (1959-1965) and Navy (1966-1968). In 1969, he received his first head coaching gig at Louisville and remained there for 4 successful seasons before being hired for the vacant role at Indiana ahead of the 1973 season. After his firing in 1982, he eventually ended up at Northern Illinois (1984) before taking the reins of the USFL’s Orlando Renegades (1985).
That said, Corso’s best-known role is on television, his endearing — and often unpredictable — personality part of the reason that makes GameDay appointment viewing. Let’s not forget the headgear picks, too.
Indiana football posted a “happy birthday” message to their former head man, along with many others across the college football landscape, as you can see below:
HBD to Coach Corso! 🎉#LEO pic.twitter.com/9QUPnlPdkS
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) August 7, 2022
Lee Corso turns 87 today 🎉
Never change, Coach 😂 pic.twitter.com/2VoGopRb0L
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 7, 2022
Happy Birthday Coach Corso!This year will be my 27th on the set of @CollegeGameDay with coach!
I’ve learned so much from him over the years.
He’s gone from a coach/TV personality I admired to a dear friend who I love.
An icon in our business and even better person. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/qkVskFjqPH
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 7, 2022
Happy birthday to Lee Corso!
🐐 and icon of the institution that is College GameDay pic.twitter.com/M5TTQ6Vhee
— J.D. PicKell (@jdpickell) August 7, 2022
Happy Birthday to mascot head man & still one of the most entertaining @CollegeGameDay hosts ever, Lee Corso! We can't wait to see him again this year.#SportsBetting #CollegeFootball #FootballIsBack #GamblingTwitterpic.twitter.com/syxa2459Jv
— Eddie Matthews (@EddieBetUS) August 7, 2022
Happy Birthday to College GameDay's Lee Corso! The Coach has been making his famous headgear picks since 1996 and has had incredible success with regards to the USC Trojans. Coach is 17-0 when picking the Trojans and 5-1 when picking against them. pic.twitter.com/hrf5NdUr8D
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 7, 2022
Sunday this dear friend and beloved legend celebrates his 87th birthday. Mr. Corso remains an inspiration to me, as passionate as ever about CFB and his work on @CollegeGameDay In our talk today, he was fired up for the new season, and 9/3 Headgear pick! Love you,LC! pic.twitter.com/4VerWuo0VV
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) August 7, 2022