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Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy says playing opener in national spotlight not much of a recruiting advantage

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 25, 2014

All eyes will be on Arlington on Saturday night as Oklahoma State faces the returning national champion at AT&T Stadium to kick off the 2014 season. The game will be nationally broadcast on ABC.

The question to coach Mike Gundy: Will that provide a boost to recruiting efforts?

The answer: Not much, at least not this early in the season.

“Television coverage, television exposure may be an advantage in recruiting,” Gundy said during Monday’s Big 12 media teleconference. “But as it goes on and you get in the fall later in recruiting, games that are played earlier in the year ... the players, they don’t really think much (about the early season games).”

If you apply Gundy’s thinking to the Cowboys’ late-season schedule, then their Nov. 22 matchup against Baylor figures to be an important game in the recruiting landscape.

The Cowboys have 69 players on the roster from Texas, many of which receive recruiting interest from the Bears.

High school athletes from the area targeted as future OSU players will undoubtedly be tuned in to what will likely be a nationally televised game.


Gundy opened the doors to an ESPN camera crew during fall camp to document a day in the life of a Cowboy football player.

The results are set to air 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on ESPNU.

The show will feature player-guided tours of the football facilities and training room, as well as Gundy and assistant coaches mic’d up during practice and in meetings.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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