November 20, 2011 Leave a comment
Just like he does every Saturday on ESPN’s College GameDay, Lee Corso chooses the team he thinks is going to win by putting on that team’s mascot head. However this Saturday on College GameDay from the University of Houston campus went a little differently.
After guest picker Carl Lewis chose 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 reached under the desk and picked up an SMU megaphone. It appeared that he was choosing the SMU Mustangs until he made a dramatic switch.
Just as Corso was about to speak into the SMU megaphone, he then tossed it over the desk and said “Ah (bleep) it,” and then put on the Shasta, the University of Houston’s mascot head.
The word that Corso said can be watched in the video below.
After hearing Corso’s remarks analyst Kirk Herbstreit who was on the left of him leaned back in his chair and grinned in shock like a young boy that heard a bad word. As for host Chris Fowler, he doubled over with laughter as he slowly put his head down on the desk. As for guest picker Carl Lewis, he just laughed hysterically while clapping and for the fans outside the University of Houston’s campus; they cheered in joy.
After gaining their composure Fowler turned to Corso and jokingly said “Shasta, shame on you,” Fowler said. “Wash that mouth out.” Fowler then shook hands with guest picker Carl Lewis and Herbstreit remained lightly punching the mouth of the mascot head as the remaining credits came on, marking the show over.
Thirty minutes after the show ended Corso would say an apology that appeared on ESPN, during the Michigan-Nebraska game and then on ESPN2 and ESPNU. The apology said, “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.”
It was the first time ever that College GameDay traveled to the University of Houston’s campus and Corso will make that first time be remembered for a long time.