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In the spirit of Coke Zero’s “You Don’t Know Zero ‘Til You’ve Tried It” campaign, GameDay hosts Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack shared a few of their surprising answers to fun questions that were posed to them.
What’s your favorite college football moment?
Corso has been involved in the game for more than 60 years as a player, coach and broadcaster, with thousands of games under his belt to choose from. But, it’s a family memory about his son winning the game for Indiana University that stands out the most. “The score is 30-30, Indiana and Kentucky, with one play left in the game,” he recalls. “And we threw a 36-yard pass to my son, Steve, who caught the winning touchdown. That was, by far, the greatest moment I had in coaching.”
What’s one thing that no one knows about you?
For Howard, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Michigan, it’s that he’s a major proponent of the sweet science. “I love boxing. I absolutely love boxing,” he says. “I grew up watching boxing with my dad. Coach (Corso) knows a lot about boxing. We have some good discussions about boxing.”
What do you talk about when the cameras go off?
Pollack, the standout University of Georgia linebacker who joined the GameDay gang in 2011, says the atmosphere on set when they aren’t on TV is much like your typical office break room. “We kick it like everybody else,” he says. “We talk about what’s going on in the world, whoever did something stupid out there. We talk about the same things everyone else talks about.”
Who dresses the best on the GameDay set?
“Desmond Howard. Next question please,” Howard, the nattily attired former wide receiver responded quickly.
Who is the best karaoke singer?
The guys may have to put their chops to the test on a future edition of GameDay, as they weren’t able to reach a consensus, with Howard and Pollack thinking Corso would shine. “I think Coach would be the one to let it loose,” Pollack says. Corso disagrees, saying: “I say Desmond. He’s got movement, man, jazz and everything.”
What can you tell us about Lee Corso?
Everyone’s favorite GameDay host is as much of a character off screen as he is during the broadcast, according to his co-hosts. Pollack claims that Corso is in his pajamas by 4:30 p.m., usually with a vast array of snacks for the evening. “He hoards food and takes it to his room,” Desmond says with a laugh. “When he gets back to the hotel from Friday night meetings, he’s not going out to eat,” Pollack adds. “He’s bringing everything from the meeting back to his hotel room to eat. It’s outstanding.”