College football fans can count on Lee Corso being part of their fall Saturday morning ritual for at least two more years. According to ESPN, Corso has inked a two-year extension to remain on College Gameday.
Corso, who has been with the network for 25 years, is an integral part of the network's premier college football show and a large reason for the show's popularity. Corso's Pick, which is usually characterized by him donning a mascot head or live animal, has become synonymous with the program.
ESPN Senior Vice President Mark Gross was thrilled that Corso will be coming back for at least two more years, telling ESPN:
Coach is synonymous with college football and, I believe, is a big reason why it’s so popular today. He is a household name in and around the sport and attracts attention to it in a way few are able to. We’re thrilled to have him with us two more years.
The 77-year-old Corso has been a fixture in the sport for years. He has been involved in college football in just about every way possible—first as a quarterback and cornerback for the Florida State Seminoles in the 1950s and then as a positional coach for Florida State, Maryland and Navy.
Corso compiled a record of 73-85-6 as the head coach for Louisville, Indiana and Northern Illinois. He then began working for ESPN on the set of Gameday in 1987. Corso is the only remaining cast member from the original trio of Corso, Tim Brando and Beano Cook.
This week, the show goes to Norman, Okla., for the clash between Notre Dame and Oklahoma. Oklahoma is the eighth state the show has been to in the 2012 season.
With the show in the midst of its 25th season, it's good to know that one of college football's most entertaining personalities will be sticking around for a while longer to the benefit of college football fans across the country.