Lee Corso, one of college football’s most knowledgeable, opinionated and respected analysts, plays a key role on ESPN’s college football team, serving as an analyst on the three-time Emmy Award-winning College GameDay. Corso, joined ESPN in 1987 and is the only original College GameDay on-air personality. He transitioned to football commentary after 28 years of coaching at the college and professional levels, including 17 seasons as a head coach.
Corso was head coach of the Louisville Cardinals for four seasons (1969-72), and in that time took the Cardinals to the 1970 Pasadena Bowl. During his time at Louisville, Corso compiled a 28-11-3 mark and captured two Missouri Valley Conference Championships. He then moved to Indiana in 1973, spending 10 seasons as the head coach of the Hoosiers, leading the school to their first bowl victory in 75 years, a 38-37 decision over previously undefeated Brigham Young. Corso coached Northern Illinois in 1984 before taking over the reins of the Orlando Renegades of the United States Football League (USFL) for the 1985 season. His coaching career began as an assistant coach for 11 seasons (1958-68) at Florida State, Maryland and Navy.
He joined ESPN in 1987 and called one season of Arena Football analysis and two years of college football games. Corso moved into the studio in 1989 and in recent years, he’s helped the show earn a huge following as the most authoritative and comprehensive college football pre-game show. In 1993, the show began traveling to the biggest game most Saturdays, and these visits have taken on the aura of a rock concert on college campuses, complete with huge, chanting crowds.
Corso has been honored with two prestigious awards: the US Sports Academy Ronald Reagan Media Award given to those who have made outstanding contributions to sport through broadcasting, print, photography or acting and the National College Football Awards Association Contributions to College Football Award recognizing exceptional contributions to college football. In the past few years he has earned the Jake Wade Award, the Over the Mountain Touchdown Club Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Honorary Doctorate at his alma mater, Florida State.
Corso received four varsity letters in both football and baseball at Florida State and is a member of the FSU Hall of Fame. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education in 1957 and went on to pursue a master’s degree in administration and supervision in 1958. Corso currently serves as Director of Business Development for Dixon Ticonderoga in Maitland, Fla., an international diversified manufacturer and marketer of writing and arts products
Corso currently resides in Orlando.