"You'll get a coach with his guard down and will speak freely,” Jones said. "You get a guy like (Texas Tech football coach) Mike Leach who can give you some hilarious stuff.”
Fortunately, TV producers no longer hire female reporters just because they're attractive, even if they don't know sports. Lisa Guerrero, who posed for Playboy, brought the role to a new low on "Monday Night Football” with her inane questioning.
Jones said she still has had to overcome the stigma that as a woman she doesn't know much about sports.
"Some may wonder, ‘Are you going to be a chick that spouts out whatever somebody tells her or do you really know what you're talking about.' No one gives me any of my stuff.”
The role can have its humorous moments. Blevins recalled a Purdue telecast in which he had snuck off to the restroom at halftime.
"This producer thought he would pull a fast one on me, and Brent (Musburger) pitched it to me while I'm in the bathroom,” Blevins said. "Gosh, I didn't know what to do. There's all these people around, so I started reporting. ‘From the bench down here, the attitude is really good.' Then I ran out the front door as I was trying to get adjusted. Everybody in that bathroom was just rolling on the floor.”