Corso Rejects Davis-Love; Lauds Wolfpack’s TOB

ESPN’s Lee Corso appeared on Mark Packer’s syndicated Primetime radio show this afternoon for a conversation on college football.

Packer was doing a great job pumping Corso for as many comments as could be generated in the allotted timeframe of the interview when Packer brought up the obligatory ‘isn’t Butch Davis great?’ topic. (Please do not read this as criticism of Packer; we are huge Mark Packer fans).

After being asked about Butch Davis, Corso immediately responded by talking about Tom O’Brien and NC State football. It was classic. Corso completely ignored Butch Davis and shrugged off the topic to immediately sharie that he expects the future of football success in this area would be generated by NC State’s Tom O’Brien. Additionally, Corso described how he was responsible for recruiting Tom O’Brien to play football at West Point and is therefore responsible for TOB’s appointment to the Naval Accademy at Annapolis in the late 1960’s. Corso continued to praise Coach O’Brien and was obviously very proud of the personal bond the two men share.

No offense to Coach Davis, but boy it was nice to hear this after witnessing/listening to every pundit in the world ordain UNC-Chapel Hill a cliched “sleeping giant” who will immediately rise to national prominence under the leadership of Butch Davis. I guess Corso understands what most in the football fraternity already know – Butch Davis has to stay in Chapel Hill long enough to build this presumed success, and very few informed people expect that to happen. Additionally, there are some folks out there that remember how Mack Brown built his ‘power’ in Chapel Hill by taking advantage of a weak ACC while feeding on out of conference cupcakes and compiling an atrocious record against ranked teams. (Hence the reason that the Tarheels tried to avoid playing ranked teams at every turn).

For some Corso-related fun, you need to click here. This reminds me that it has been almost two years since we linked this Corso-entry that is always a favorite.

Corso’s ESPN colleague, Kirk Herbstreit is following the elder partner with a lot of love for Coach O’Brien and NC State. In his 7th annual “Herbie Awards” released this week, Herbstriet picks NC State as his 2007 sleeper team in the ACC and Tom O’Brien as one of the five new coaches that will have “instant success” in his new job.

In light of all of this current TOB-love, I think that we all need to give old Trev Alberts some attention for saying much of the same back in January!

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37 Responses to Corso Rejects Davis-Love; Lauds Wolfpack’s TOB

  1. noah 08/29/2007 at 5:05 PM #

    What’s the over/under for Butch Davis’ career at UNC?

    If he’s there for three years, I’m personally going to be shocked.

  2. StateFans 08/29/2007 at 5:10 PM #

    IF Arkansas or Texas doesn’t come calling first (and I think Mack will be in Austin through his $2 Mil bonus due in 2010) then THREE YEARS was EXCACTLY what I was going to say.

    They will inch closer to .500 next year. Maybe get 7-9 wins the next year. And *poof* he will gone.

  3. noah 08/29/2007 at 5:12 PM #

    I don’t expect Mack Brown to be leaving Texas anytime soon.

    Arkansas is my most likely guess. They have a ton of money to spend and it’s his alma mater.

    I’m very interested, also, in how long John Blake stays there. Blake has a great reputation not only as a fantastic recruiter, but as a top-notch DL coach.

  4. Sw0rdf1sh 08/29/2007 at 5:14 PM #

    Is it F*#cing Saturday yet?

    I’m on the edge of my bleacher!

  5. vtpackfan 08/29/2007 at 5:18 PM #

    Got info for link on last thread pretaining to On-Line Media that TOB oldest daughter is an associate producer at ESPN.

    “Coach Corso, can I have a word with you before your “Primetime with the Pacman” interview?”.

  6. packbackr04 08/29/2007 at 5:19 PM #

    i love all the hype, but i just dont seeing NC State having a break out year with the team we have….thru no fault of TOB of course. but if he gets us to 7-9 wins this year, he ought to be coach of the year. heck, if we go 6-6 and are bowl eligible when its all said and done. it will have been an awesome year!

  7. vtpackfan 08/29/2007 at 5:27 PM #

    I’ve always pegged Butch as the future coach of the Cowboys. It’s entirely conceivable that this whole Wade Phillips holding it down until Jason Garret is ready will not pan out. In three years, or less, Davis could be deciding between calling refurbrished Keenan Stadium or the new Texas Stadium home.

    Either way I think they get what they wanted. Davis generates enough excitment to justify the expansion of the football program.

  8. beowolf 08/29/2007 at 5:44 PM #

    Sounds like Corso is going to be for NC State and TOB what Vitale is to Duke and Coach K.

  9. CarnifeX 08/29/2007 at 6:03 PM #

    I’d love to see Corso with a Mr. Wuf head on!

  10. waxhaw 08/29/2007 at 7:43 PM #

    Everyone seems to think Butch will win at UNC and use it as a stepping stone. He has to win first and I’m not 100% convinced he’s going to do that.

  11. wolfman 08/29/2007 at 8:30 PM #

    Unfortunately, though, so does Tom O’Brien. I wish him all the luck that Herbstreit and Corso have predicted for him though! Go Pack!

  12. bTHEredterror 08/29/2007 at 8:46 PM #

    I don’t know if Corso is exactly the voice of reason. I love his antics, but he makes a lot of wild calls. Herbie usually makes more sense, but by my estimation 8-4 is probably our best possible scenario, a dream season filled with crazy bounces our way. I would predict 7-5, accept 4-8, and be $h!#$ and giggles for 8-4 as it would likely mean we have a top 20 upset. Any better would require divine intervention.

    Vegas line for UCF game is -10.

  13. theHowling 08/29/2007 at 8:47 PM #

    I thought I’d mention that on Cowherd this morning, Corso was talking about being outcoached by “[Lou] Holtz’s NC State Wolfpack” when he was at Indiana; citing they both had similar teams.

    Another moment of praise for the Wolfpack association from Mr. Corso.


  14. Pack92 08/29/2007 at 9:31 PM #

    It seems I remember Trev was NOT a believer in PR -even during his senior season. Mark Mays was the only one of the bunch who would stick up for Phillip and say you can’t denigrate a guy because the team around him stinks.
    Corso is hilarious. If he really wants to get something into a conversation there is simply NO WAY to keep him from doing it.
    As soon as Broyles announced his retirement from AR a friend told me (his family ranks highly in the Rams Club) Davis would have to get UNX put on probation NOT to end up in AR unless Nutt wins a NC. It seems both are POSSIBLE with the latter more likely.
    GO TOB and GO PACK!

  15. redfred2 08/29/2007 at 9:38 PM #

    It’s not that I really needed to hear it from the sports media, but I’ll be honest, it’s damn good to be on the other side of the fence for a change.

  16. highstick 08/29/2007 at 10:04 PM #

    I heard this AM that Mack Brown signed through 2017 yesterday.

  17. Dr. BadgerPack 08/29/2007 at 10:54 PM #

    One of the most interesting bits I’ve seen this preseason is in the Harmon Forecast (CBS); has the pack 31-20 favorites in the opener. When is the last time we cracked 24 again? Or for that matter were even projected to do so?

  18. noah 08/29/2007 at 10:59 PM #

    Wasn’t it something like 1000 days since we last scored more than 24 against a D-1 opponent?

    Last game of the year in 2004…we scored 52 against ECU.

  19. Dr. BadgerPack 08/29/2007 at 11:05 PM #

    Sounds about right. And we may have been projected to top the mark against App. St.; but of course that didn’t happen.

  20. choppack1 08/29/2007 at 11:08 PM #

    I hope Butch goes to Arkansas pretty fast. He can do some damage. He is walking into a different situation than TOB is.

    I’m glad Corso is on our bandwagon. My personal feeling is that Herbstreet and Corso have been here enough on some football evenings to know what we have to offer. I think there’s a huge difference between the Chapel HIll football fan and the NC State one.

    Probably the biggest concern I have about the tailgating restrictions is that they will hurt this momentum. For me and the folks that I went to school with – you never felt more of a part of NC State than when you were at Carter Finley or camping out for tickets for a big game at Reynolds. Carter Finley was our Franklin Street. It was at these tailgates where you really knew that you weren’t in high school any more, that you weren’t living at home – and that you were experiencing something pretty special. I hope they don’t take that away.

  21. noah 08/29/2007 at 11:13 PM #

    From what I can tell, the tailgating restrictions seem to be impacting about .001 percent of the attendees.

    The die-hards, the folks who show up at 4 a.m. to start cooking a pig are affected. And the college kids who show up hours early with kegs and sell cups are affected (in terms of how much money they make).

  22. choppack1 08/29/2007 at 11:28 PM #

    Noah – I was in school in the late 80s/early 90s…Much of that time I was underage – but you never really worried about drinking out there. We had good tailgates, but they never got out of hand.

    You may be right, but I really wonder if a freshman or sophomore can go out there now and be as carefree as we were.

  23. bTHEredterror 08/30/2007 at 1:32 AM #

    As soon as Bama spanks Arkansas next weekend the hate parade will begin in Fayetteville, any upsets along the way will fuel the fire. If Mitch Mustain has a good year at USC next year, and seems like something to be missed, the Hog fans will riot. I expect with the SEC being what it is, Noah is right and Nutt won’t be around any longer than next year at the most.

    Choppack, the kids might have been a little to carefree last year when they were pissing in the stands. This Tailgate gestapo thing is a reactionary move to that negative press nightmare and the shooting incident IMO. I expect the plan will be about as successful as the Bay of Pigs.

  24. ncsu_kappa 08/30/2007 at 8:47 AM #

    I hope Tom O’Brien realizes the immediate success that was talked about, but I’m a naysayer on our QB situation until proven otherwise. I think Sean Glennon was a great pickup, but the fact that nobody distanced themselves from a redshirt freshman, transfer, and QB proven lack luster at best last year tells me we are going with the safer bet for the blogsters and fans by going with the experienced QB so that we won’t point the finger when he doesn’t do well and is replaced by Beck.

    I hope it aint so, but I’ve seen what happens when solid QB play is the missing link and I’m not sold that we’ve found solid QB play yet. Either WAY I’m already telling my coworkers here in Ohio that this our year to bring home the ACC and Nat’l Title.


  1. StateFans Nation » Blog Archive » Corso Rejects Davis-Love; Lauds TOB’s Wolfpack - 08/29/2007

    […] After being asked about Butch Davis, Corso immediately responded by talking about Tom O’Brien and NC State football. It was classic. Corso completely ignored Butch Davis and shrugged off the topic to immediately sharie that he expects the future of football success in this area would be generated by NC State’s Tom O’Brien. Additionally, Corso described how he was responsible for recruiting Tom O’Brien to play football at West Point and is therefore responsible for TOB’s West Point appointment. Corso praised Coach O’Brien and was very proud of the personal bond the two men share. […]

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