Lee Corso Apologizes – Lee Corso, the ESPN analyst whose headgear predictions are the weekly highlight of ESPN’s College GameDay, spiced up his appearance Saturday at the University of Houston with an unscripted F-bomb, followed a few minutes later by an on-air apology.
Corso, 76, who dons one team’s mascotÂ head at the end of the show to predict the winner of the on-campus game — in this case, SMU at Houston — went with the Cougars, but not before an unscripted moment that left his co-hosts doubled over in laughter and, perhaps, a little shock.
After guest picker Carl Lewis went with the Cougars, Corso said, “Carl, how can you pick against SMU? Look at them over there, red, white and blue. U-S-A, U-S-A.”
Corso then picked up an SMU megaphone and held it to his mouth, indicating he was going with the Mustangs, but then tossed it aside, said, “Ah, (bleep) it,” and donned the headgear of Shasta, the UH mascot.
Kirk Herbstreit, to Corso’s left, leaned back in his chair, threw his pen in the air and screwed up his face like a schoolboy who had just heard a naughty word. Host Chris Fowler, to Corso’s right, doubled over with laughter. Lewis laughed and clapped to see such fun.
“Glad there’s a delay,” Lewis said.
“Shasta, shame on you,” Fowler said. “Wash that mouth out.”
Thirty minutes after the incident, Corso read an apology that appeared on ESPN, during the Nebraska-Michigan game, and also appeared on ESPN2 and ESPNU: “Earlier today on College GameDay while picking the SMU-Houston game I got a bit excited and used an expletive that I shouldn’t have used. I apologize and can promise it won’t happen again”