So, this #iufb4gameday movement has become legit. But if we're going to have College GameDay come to Bloomington, we have to do it right. We've already discussed potential Corso headgear, but now let's delve into about another important part of the show.
The celebrity guest picker.
Luckily IU has a plethora of options for who that guest picker could be! Let's run down the possibilities.
There's precedent for the General to show up at GameDay, as he did in Lubbock when Texas Tech hosted in 2008. And not only did he coach at IU but he's also an OSU alum! However, I see two potential snags in this idea:
1) Since his firing, Knight has only been back to Bloomington a few times for the occasional book signing.
2) Even more recently, Knight's contract with ESPN was not renewed, so there may be some animosity between him and the network.
It's nice to dream big, but the only person who could possibly negotiate this peace agreement is Dick Vitale.
Sage Steele is a great ambassador for her alma mater at ESPN, much like Scott Van Pelt is for Maryland and the late great Stuart Scott was for UNC. She's already hosted Hoosier Hysteria and spoken at IU commencement. She'd be a natural fit for the show.
One common guest picker trope is to pick a local celebrity to come on the show and support the hometown team, and John Cougar lives just up the road from campus. He and Corso would do a killer duet of "Pink Houses."
The reaction on Twitter would be entertaining for guest picker Crean, but I'd say he would be a more likely candidate were IU facing Michigan. Did you know Jim Harbaugh is his brother-in-law? People forget that.
An actually good person really liked by everyone at Indiana! This would be a good thing!
Another GameDay trope - get a famous alum to pump up the hometown faithful. Like Knight, Cuban has been on this show before, so he'd be no stranger to the guest chair. The only question is whether he'd rather be on the set or at Breakfast Club at KOK.
ANTWAAN RANDLE EL
GameDay also loves to bring back former athletes of the school, and Randle El is one of the most recognizable former IU football players. The only problem with this idea is that he works for BTN, and ESPN may not want to showcase someone working for a competitor.
Fun trivia fact: Randle El is the only wide receiver to ever throw a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl.
GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY. Sure, the WWE announcer/BBQ sauce entrepreneur may be a Sooners fan, but he knows Kevin Wilson from his days running the offense in Norman and their friendship apparently continues today.
As you can see, there are plenty of potential guest pickers with IU affiliations, and I'm sure ESPN can find one who will do an excellent-
(hears a soft country ballad about life on an island coming from an NFL stadium)
(song gets louder)
(70,000 fans scream in unision)
That's right. There was only one choice all along.
Please welcome next week's guest picker:
LIFELONG INDIANA FOOTBALL FAN KENNY CHESNEY.