Over the years, fan signs behind the set of ESPN College GameDay have become as much of a staple of the show as Lee Corso putting on a mascot head. They’re one of the reasons a lot of people tune in, and they give fan bases the chance to talk trash and/or show off wit.
But it wasn’t always that way. In the earlier years of the show, which has been airing from college campuses since 1993, fans did not bring signs to hold behind the desk. That’s a tradition that might have started in Happy Valley, according to Kirk Herbstreit.
The ESPN analyst was on Penn State’s campus Friday afternoon ahead of College GameDay’s show on Saturday morning, and Herbstreit took questions from reporters. One of the topics he brought up was a past trip to State College where he and his colleagues saw signs for “one of the first” times.
“Now you see signs everywhere. We didn’t used to have signs,” Herbstreit said. “I remember one time we came here, it was up by the basketball arena, and I think Penn State was one of the first places that had signs. I’m happy to be back. I hope everybody goes crazy.”
Signs should be out in full display Saturday morning when GameDay goes on-air in front of Penn State’s Old Main at 9 a.m. ET.