Apparently someone does pay attention to the zany things Lee Corso says. South Carolina University has used a two-year old taunt as the basis for a promotional Web site. Corso said Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks wouldn’t win the SEC or a national title inÂ 400 years.
There’s also a video, hosted by a grinning Spurrier, replaying Corso’s on-air predictions that South Carolina wouldn’t be able to beat other top teams such as Tennessee, Florida and Clemson â€” interspersed with snippets of subsequent Gamecock wins against those teams.
South Carolina played the video on its giant stadium screen at its home opener. Athletics director Eric Hyman says that resulted in 300,000 hits to the site â€” and 25,000 users throwing balls at Corso â€” in the next few days. Although this is “just part of college football and it can’t be taken too serious,” Hyman says, Corso has become “a rallying point for Gamecock Nation!”
Corso is the antagonistic prognosticator on ESPN’s College Game Day who’s been doing this for years and has developed a loving and loathing fan base that often assumes the worst … and sometimes does the worst.
Regarding speculation he has something against the Gamecocks for firing Holtz â€” now at ESPN â€” Corso says not-so-fast: “There’s no coach I’m close to now, just my job. I have nothing against South Carolina. And how about the times I picked Florida to beat (alma mater) Florida State. You prostitute your integrity in this business, you’re done.”
Theoretically, you could also die. After saying West Virginia had no business even playing Notre Dame in the 1989 Fiesta Bowl â€” Notre Dame won â€” he got death threats investigated by the FBI.Â