A visit from the ESPN's GameDay crew should be a sought-after, much wished-for occurrence. But those amongst South Carolina's faithful might feel differently. The South Carolina athletics department has poked fun at everyone's favorite punching bag, Lee Corso. There's no merkin involved, but it's still pretty good.
ESPN's Chris Fowler expressed concern that USC has started a Web site called letsshowcorso.com, where fans can “throw” footballs at a likeness of Corso. Gamecock fans have been mad at Corso since the former coach declared Spurrier never would win an SEC title at South Carolina, “even if he coaches here 400 years.”While it may be all in good fun, it's probably not a good marketing strategy for the Gamecocks. GameDay appearances equate to publicity for the school, which leads to increased stature and attention. It's hard enough to get a visit in the first place, and having a strike against you can only hurt.
“I don’t speak for what that would mean for the likelihood of ‘GameDay’ coming there. But I can tell you it doesn’t increase the chances,” Fowler said. “If South Carolina continues to win games, it will always be on the radar for game shows. But it would be a consideration, to go somewhere the show has been targeted.”Maybe South Carolina thinks they don't need GameDay. Maybe they only need the site, which has had more than 300,000 visitors since it launched less than two weeks ago. 25,000 of those tossed a football at Corso. The Gamecocks will need a few more tosses made in the real world, and perhaps Spurrier's squad can prove Corso wrong.