College Media Notes: ESPN's Lee Corso Says Retirement Isn't On His Radar
ESPN's Lee Corso said that retirement "isn't a consideration at the moment." He said his role on "College GameDay" is "like 'stealing.'" Corso: "I get on a plane. I fly first class. I stay in a first-class hotel, eat first-class food and watch the top game of the week. I'll stay as long as I can. I'm like an old vaudeville act. They'll have to pull me off the stage with a hook." The 78-year-old Corso suffered a stroke four years ago, and said that he "has made some concessions to age in recent years." He said that ESPN "gives him the first hour of the three-hour show off so he can rest his voice." Corso: "You can't buy the loyalty that ESPN has showed to me" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 12/6).
MUSIC TO MY EARS: USA TODAY's Dan Wolken profiles composer Lloyd Landesman, whose theme song, which was "never given a name, has opened every college football broadcast on CBS and become an anthem of sorts for the SEC" since '87. The familiarity between the music and the SEC brand is "so strong" that CBS Sports Chair Sean McManus said that the network had "concluded several times over the years that changing it would be a mistake." McManus: "The way it's composed, it sounds like college football" (USA TODAY, 12/6).
SCREEN SAVER: VARIETY's Brian Steinberg noted CBS Sports will "stream select games" from its '13-14 college basketball schedule "on CBSSports.com and the CBSSports mobile app." CBS Sports will "feature 28 games over the course of the season," beginning with UCLA-Missouri on Dec. 7. New features for this season include "an updated user interface, more access to social streams and expert commentary around the game, and live game updates directly in the video player" (VARIETY.com, 12/4).