Louisville’s Lee Corso & The Turkey

Lee Corso was in his first year as the head coach of the Louisville football team in 1969, and his team was a big underdog to Tulsa.  The game was to be played on Thanksgiving Day, and Corso had a plan in mind.  He put a turkey on a leash to serve as the team’s mascot, and he made a bet with the Tulsa coaches that if Louisville lost the contest, they would get to eat the mascot.  Louisville was holding onto a late-game lead, and Corso called a timeout to remind his defense that the life of the turkey was at stake.  After hanging onto the lead and winning the game, both the turkey and Corso were carried off the field by the Louisville players.

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