Corso recovering from stroke

IU football

Lee Corso holds the Old Oaken Bucket after defeating Purdue. Herald-Times archive

Lee Corso, the charismatic former Indiana coach who found new life more than two decades ago as the voice of college football on ESPN, will be back on television this season as one of the hosts of College Gameday.

What makes that remarkable is that, on May 16, Corso suffered a stroke.

He’s had to undergo speech therapy and also relearn how to write, but told the Orlando Sentinel that he will be ready to go on Sept. 5 in Atlanta, when Alabama takes on Virginia Tech.

Here’s the story from George Diaz, and it’s a good one.


  1. Whatever else Coach Corso has or will achieve, he has my respect and gratitude for actually making IU football fun during my college years. Not always good, but always fun. Good luck Coach, and let’s hope there’s reason to make it back to Bloomington one of these days for a meaningful game.

  2. Agreed. Lee was anything but predictable. I remember one year we almost upset a hugely favored Ohio State team partly due to some 3rd down quick kicks that kept OSU pinned at their goal line and also resulted in an ungodly punt average.

  3. I was a student during Lee’s final 2 years at IU. The ’81 team was ravaged by injuries, or he may have had 3 winning seasons in a row.

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