LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – 46-years after Lee Corso led the Cardinals to their second bowl game in school history, the famed broadcaster and longtime college football coach is back in Louisville.
ESPN’s College Game Day debut at the University of Louisville is putting Corso back in familiar territory. He coached the Cards from 1969 to 1972 before taking over the Cream and Crimson in the Hoosier state.
“I always dreamed that Louisville would be a place like this,” Corso said Friday afternoon, speaking on the program’s success.
“You know the funny thing, I might be the only guy in America in the history of football that coached Louisville and Indiana, two of the world’s best basketball programs. (Laughter) I was the football coach at basketball schools. I had the right school, wrong job,” Corso said.
Corso admitted he had a torn heart heading into Saturday’s matchup at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The game will pit No. 10 Louisville against No. 2 Florida State. Corso coached at both universities during his career and played football for FSU.
“I’m so excited but I’m hurt in a way. I gotta pick one team and that really bothers me because Florida State’s been good to me. I went to school there and coached there and this school here was the first school to give a guy a chance. After 11 years as assistant coach, Louisville gave me a head coaching job,” Corso said.Corso said.
Corso made his pick before he hopped a plane to Louisville but he’s keeping his decision secret until Saturday. Be it Cardinal or Seminole, Corso said this College Game Day pick is a decision he didn’t take lightly.
“This is a pick between my heart and my head,” Corso said.