The comedic football commentator Lee Corso apparently suffered a minor stroke recently. However, the former University of Louisville football coach is expected to return to ESPN’s announcing crew for the 2009 season.

“This is just a small bump in the road, ” Corso said in a statement issued by ESPN. “A ‘not so fast, my friend’ in my game of life. I look forward to making a full recovery and returning to ESPN for my 23rd season analyzing the greatest sport in the world — college football.”

Corso’s appeal on ESPN broadcasts appears to be his unpredictability. One never knows what he is going to say or which teams or players will be the target of his habitual stereotyping. Some fans are known to wait for Corso’s predictions on big games, then wager against his picks.

Corso coached the Louisville Cardinals from 1969 to 1972, compiling a 28-11-3 record.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.