There's been a lot of speculation about when Lee Corso will leave College GameDay in the past few years, and it's easy to understand why. Corso suffered a stroke in 2009 and had a number of "Is he about to announce his retirement?" moments, most recently last October.
No, the Sunshine Scooter isn't retiring. Not anytime soon.
Corso, who will turn 82 before the season starts, announced a multi-year extension with ESPN on Wednesday.
"Coach Corso has been the mainstay on College GameDay since the beginning and we couldn’t imagine the show without him," ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said in a statement. "Arguably, nobody has done as much for the popularity of college football over the past 30 years than Coach Corso. His dedication, preparation and unwavering love for College GameDay and its fans is so powerful and we are lucky to call him ours."
The only original member of GameDay left on the set, Corso joined the show as a contributor in 1987 and was promoted to analyst in 1989.
He will make his 300th headgear pick on Oct. 7, nearly 21 years to the day after his first headgear selection, at an Ohio State-Penn State game on Oct. 5, 1996. Corso is 193-101 to date.
"I reflect on my 30 years at ESPN and continue to count my blessings each time I walk on the College GameDay set," said Corso. "The fans keep me energized, and being surrounded by such a talented and dynamic GameDay crew is the best medicine for this old coach."