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NDSU Bison Mascot: Getting His Head In The Game

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Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Less than 72 hours separate us and the beginning of Bison Football season. NDSU takes on Iowa State Saturday, and while the team is training and fans are busy packing up their trailers to make the trip, we see how "Corso" is getting his head in the game, all the way from Wahpeton's Chahinkapa Zoo.

Long ago when Bison roamed our region...

Tom Schmaltz/Chahinkapa Zoo Mascot Trainer: "He'd be running around the pasture doing Bison games haha."

Before the green and gold rush…

Zoo Employee: "I graduated from NDSU in 2013."

Tom Schmaltz: "I worked at NDSU."

Kathy Diekman/Chahinkapa Zoo Director: "I graduated in the zoology program."

...a baby bison broke free...

Tom Schmaltz: "Corso was an orphan from Grand Forks."

...never dreaming his days of fame and good fortune...

Tom Schmaltz: "Perfect for a mascot."

...were one casting call away.

Kathy Diekman: "That's how it came to be was Game Day."

Corso - NDSU's only live mascot made his debut on College Game Day - led by none other than Lee Corso himself. And the rest...

Kathy Diekman: "A year later, fast forward until now."

Tom Schmaltz: "We think he thinks he's a human instead of a bison." history.

Kathy Diekman: "Haha Let's do it and it's caught on and people come and say we want to see Corso."

Tom Schmaltz: "I think he likes the people in football season."

Kathy Diekman: "His herd is a little bit different." 

Corso will be joining his true herd later on this season , traveling up I-29 for several events and a home game at the Fargodome.

Just like his teammates, Corso's offseason is full of strength and conditioning.

Tom Schmaltz: "He's been training, every day he trains."

Along with multiple public appearances, hamming it up for the camera, and making sure cheers start early. Because after all, who would want to be a Bison fan if it means getting a sloppy kiss from this guy. 

Tom Schmaltz: "And I think even Corso is looking forward to it."

Corso will be at the Scheels Block Party Thursday night in Fargo, and should be making the trip to town when NDSU plays Montana next month. 

Kay Cooley
Kay Cooley came to WDAY 6 News in September of 2012. She was born in a suburb of Chicago then made her home in Hershey, PA. Kay graduated from Northwestern University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. At Northwestern, Kay was a member of the Division I Women’s Swim Team and a reporter for the Northwestern News Network on campus. Before coming to WDAY, Kay was working for KVRR in Fargo and interned at ABC27 in Harrisburg, PA. When she’s not out in the field reporting, Kay enjoys being active and spending time with friends and family. If you have story ideas, questions or just want to say hello, feel free to email Kay at
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