ESPN personality and mascot aficionado Lee Corso joined Florida Citrus Sports on Monday, Sept. 10, for the annual Team Selection Committee Kickoff Dinner. Corso offered his thoughts on the top teams and players season and took questions from the audience with all the energy fans are accustomed to seeing from him every Saturday on College Game Day.
The dinner, which coincides with the first meeting of the selection committee each football season, was held at Linda’s La Cantina restaurant in Orlando. After some brief remarks from 2012-13 FCSports President Bobby Kuykendall (of Kuykendall Gardner, LLC, also an event sponsor), guests enjoyed an amazing steak dinner from one of Central Florida’s oldest family-owned restaurants.
Later, Corso took the stage alongside local sports personality Paul Kennedy and dazzled the crowd with analysis and prognostications in his trademark style.
Among the opinions shared by Coach Corso:
- He reiterated his pick of USC and Oklahoma in the National Championship Game despite Alabama’s early dominance, pointing out that no team has repeated as national champions in the BCS era.
- Though he still likes Oklahoma’s Landry Jones for the Heisman Trophy (and pointed out that he’s been in Jones’ corner for the past three years), he thinks Matt Barkely of USC may have sewn up the award with his six-touchdown performance in front of the New York media against Syracuse.
- He predicted Michigan State to win the Big Ten, Georgia to win the SEC, Louisville to win the Big East and Florida State to win the ACC.
- He praised the work of Steve Spurrier at South Carolina. Though he reminded the crowd that he said Spurrier could never win the SEC with the Gamecocks (a playful jab that he takes at the Head Ball Coach every year), he was very impressed with the development of the SC team.
- He also praised Urban Meyer, saying he thought that Ohio State would win a national championship within three years.
- He believed the SEC was far and away the nation’s best conference, and thought only a handful of other teams around the country could compete with them on a weekly basis: Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma and USC.
As always, Florida Citrus Sports is honored to welcome Lee each year, and extremely appreciative that he is willing to take his time to join us amidst the grind of the College Game Day travel schedule. As a gesture of thanks, the FCSports Foundation is making a donation to Coaches Curing Kids’ Cancer, a charity for which he serves as Honorary Chairman.
In addition, the Foundation is making a similar donation to the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida on behalf of Paul Kennedy, who has hosted this event (and many others for FCSports) with levity and aplomb for many years. Together with Lee, he’s made the Selection Dinner one of our most memorable evenings of the year.