Producer: NDSU on ‘Potential Site List’ for ‘GameDay’

COLLEGE GAMEDAY | PHOTO COURTESY  A Vine post last week by ESPN's "College GameDay" included a video of Corso, NDSU's live bison mascot.
A Vine post last week by ESPN’s “College GameDay” included a video of Corso, NDSU’s live bison mascot.

If Bison football fans enjoy anything, it’s a repeat.

With four consecutive Football Championship Subdivision titles, the latest reported buzz is about whether ESPN’s “College GameDay” show will return to Fargo for a third annual broadcast.

Lee Fitting, “GameDay’s” show producer, tweeted Thursday that Fargo is on the show’s “potential site list several weeks in fall.”

He also tweeted about Corso the mascot, saying, “Big boy is all grown up. Wow. Need to get back to see that fella!”

The social media blitz began Wednesday with a video on Vine, Facebook and Twitter showing “GameDay” cohost Lee Corso leading the baby bison named after him out of the Fargo Theatre during the show’s 2013 visit.

“College GameDay” posted the video saying, “Somewhere in North Dakota, a live baby bison misses his namesake.”

A picture of Corso was also posted to social media on Friday, an image courtesy of Wahpeton’s Chahinkapa Zoo, captioned, “Remember little baby bison Corso from North Dakota State? Little baby bison Corso is ALL GROWN UP.”

Senior Brett Knudsen, a mathematics major, would like “GameDay” to return, he said. He attended the last two visits.

“I mean, why not?” he said. “The downtown scene is pretty perfect for that.”

North Dakota State President Dean Bresciani added to the fervor on Aug. 20 when he told executive committees of the Development Foundation and Alumni Association he was “confident” the show would return to Fargo.

“I remain confident they’re coming,” he said. “I mean, they’ve been so overt about that.”

SB Nation and other sports blogs have picked NDSU’s Oct. 10 game against Northern Iowa as the ideal date for a “GameDay” visit. This game is NDSU’s homecoming matchup.

“GameDay’s” last visits were for NDSU’s Sept. 21, 2013 game against Delaware State and Sept. 13 against Incarnate Word. Both were broadcasted live from downtown Fargo near the Fargo Theatre.

Former Bison football player Brent Tehven said “the buzz is awesome” for NDSU.

“What everyone does when ‘GameDay’ comes, we open our arms to them,” he said. “That’s why they come back.”

The show’s first visit was announced by its hosts on-air seven days before coming.

The 2014 visit was determined by the outcome of NDSU’s matchup against Weber State. NDSU won 24-7, and about 10,000 people attended the downtown Fargo event.


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