God bless Lee Corso.
Speaking before tonight’s NASCAR race at Daytona — rain, you’d best get moving around the track and let the race run in its entirety unimpeded — the mascot-loving co-host on ESPN’s College GameDay program was asked about the recently-avoided — for now — expansion apocalypse.
Specifically, Mr. Corso was queried on the near-demise of the Big 12 and whether a ten-team conference could survive. Needless to say, Mr. Corso was the anti-Tommy Tuberville.
“Yes. It’s good where it is now,” Corso told the Orlando Sentinel. “Because now Texas and Oklahoma don’t have to worry about the conference championship game, and it makes it easier for them to get to the national championship”
In what were obviously off-the-cuff remarks, Mr. Corso still encapsulated everything that’s wrong about the duct-taped Big 12 and everything that’s cause for concern for people like Tuberville: it’s good for Texas.
“We have some teams that get a little bit more money and have a little bit more stroke than some of the other teams.”
That stroking Tuberville referred to will continue unabated in Dan Beebe’s face-saving configuration; whether the Big 12 can continue with that configuration two years from now — let alone ten years — very much remains to be seen.
(Writer’s note: Based on conversations with Andrea Adelson of the Sentinel, we have tweaked Mr. Corso’s comments slightly. It happens, Andrea. No blood no foul. Hopefully you’ve stopped flogging yourself.)