Sunday, 20 November 2011

Lee Corso uses expletive on ESPN's 'College GameDay'

Lee Corso blurted out an expletive starting with the letter "F" during the final
By Melina Vastola, US Presswire
segment of ESPN's College GameDay late Saturday morning.

In the show's final segment, after guest picker, nine-time Olympic gold medalist and Houston alum Carl Lewis picked the Cougars, Corso picked up a large SMU megaphone, indicating he was leaning toward picking the Mustangs to upset an undefeated Houston team that is ranked No. 10 in the USA TODAY coaches poll.

After about five seconds of screaming into the megaphone, Corso clearly said "Ah ---- it," while tossing it aside before putting on the headgear for Shasta, the Houston mascot, indicating he was picking the Houston to beat their Conference USA rival.

The incident left Lewis and Corso's Gameday colleagues Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit laughing and making jokes.

"Glad there's a delay," Lewis said.

"Shasta, shame on you," Fowler came back and said. "Wash that mouth out."

Here's a link to Corso's F-bomb via our friends at Those who wish to watch the video, proceed with caution as it contains language and content some audiences won't find acceptable.

Later, during a break in the action of ESPN's coverage of Michigan's win over Nebraska in Ann Arbor, Mich., the network aired Corso reading a statement of apology for uttering the expletive.

"Earlier today on College Game Day, I used an expletive I shouldn't have," Corso said. "I apologize and promise it won't happen again."

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Saturday afternoon that Corso himself had apologized on air to viewers and that there would be no further action.

Corso's F-bomb is the third embarrassing on-air incident by ESPN talent in recent months. As GameDay came back from a commercial break before Penn State's first game since the child abuse sex scandal last week, viewers could hear Corso asking off-camera, 'Where's that little kid?"

The comment was innocent: Corso was referring to a charity auction winner at Stanford who'd won the chance to hand him the mascot head. But given the furor surrounding child rape charges against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, Corso's "little kid" comment came off as jarring.

It's also not the first time Corso has been caught saying the "F" word on an ESPN telecast. Sports By Brooks (through the now defunct AOL Fanhouse) has a video catching the analyst use the word during a telecast in the 2006 season when it appears he thinks his mic is closed. The end of the video features Fowler apologizing to viewers if anyo

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