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National exposure paying off for Pokes

by Scott Wright Modified: December 22, 2008 at 1:06 am •  Published: December 22, 2008
STILLWATER — These days, Mike Gundy’s phone rings with recruits calling from all across the country showing interest in Oklahoma State. And he knows why.

"People kind of always knew who we were in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma,” Gundy said. "But now, we get calls from (recruits in) Indiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana.

"It’s all because of the TV coverage. The prime time 7 p.m. and 2:30 games. Why else would it change? That’s got to be why.”

OSU will close the season with six straight televised games, all in the most prominent TV time slots, 2:30 or 7 p.m., culminating with the 7 p.m. Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 on ESPN (Cox 29).

Gundy knows you can’t put a value on television appearances, especially in recruiting. And the Cowboys are branching out like never before.

Six states are represented among OSU’s 16 commitments for the 2009 class. And the Cowboys have recruiting targets in several other states.

OSU has struggled in the past to gain national television exposure, as was evident on Oct. 18. That day, the Cowboys were No. 8 in The Associated Press poll, but hosted Baylor in a game that wasn’t televised.

A week later, the TV world came to its senses and got the Pokes on the tube, and they finished the season with five straight appearances on ABC.

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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Holiday Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Oregon

→When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30

→Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

→TV: ESPN (Cox 29)

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Here’s a breakdown of OSU’s television appearances the last six seasons:

By year
2008: 9*

2007: 10

2006: 7

2005: 3

2004: 9

2003: 10

By network
ABC: 17

FSN: 12

ESPN2: 4

ESPN: 3*

Pay-per-view: 3

TBS: 2

FOX: 1



FCS: 1

NFL Network: 1

*including Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl


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