Apparently, Lee Corso‘s “ah, f— it” mantra extends to offseason speaking engagements as well.
At the Doak Walker Award banquet Friday night, Corso, along with ESPN College GameDay colleagues Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, served as hosts for the event. At one point, Corso was asked about quarterback Garrett Gilbert transferring from Texas to SMU. His response?
Gilbert will “probably [get] better coaching” than he received with the Longhorns.
(Good thing Corso works for ESPN and not ESPN’s UT network arm.)
Gilbert struggled mightily in his year-plus as a starter replacing Colt McCoy. In 2010 with Greg Davis as offensive coordinator, Gilbert threw 17 interceptions versus 10 touchdown passes. With new coordinator Bryan Harsin on board, Gilbert was benched after the second weekend of the 2011 season — a game in which he completed as many passes to BYU defenders (two) as he did to his teammates — before being given an unconditional release from UT in October.
At SMU, Gilbert will be guided by noted college QB developer June Jones and his high-octane passing attack, although Jones isn’t without his recent “missteps” at the position. After throwing for nearly 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2010, Kyle Padron was benched by Jones following the 2011 season opener and ultimately transferred from the Mustangs.
Whether Gilbert will receive “better coaching” at SMU than he did at UT is debatable, although, if for nothing more than a change of scenery to a situation that’s lower profile and comes with less pressure, it’s hard to imagine Gilbert failing to improve upon his abysmal 15-game stint as the Longhorns’ starter.