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.