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OSU football coach Mike Gundy to visit ESPN

Scott Wright Published: July 18, 2009
STILLWATER — From the time he took the head-coaching job at Oklahoma State, Mike Gundy admits that almost everything about the job has been a learning process.

He had to learn about the administrative duties a head coach must perform and about the extra time requirements that come with the job.

And since the Cowboys’ win at Missouri last October, which vaulted Gundy’s program into the nation’s top 10 for the first time in two decades, the coach has learned about the increased media attention that comes with such success.

On Monday, Gundy will fly to Bristol, Conn., where he will appear on virtually every outlet for the ESPN family of networks, from television to radio to Internet.

"For me to be able to go up to ESPN and go through 12 hours of television and radio taping, and whatever else it may be, that’s certainly a new experience for me,” said Gundy, whose team is being touted as a preseason top-10 squad. "I think you learn on the run. In my situation, you learn on the job and you learn every year.

"This is just another step for our program, and hopefully because of where we’re at, it’ll be easier for us, but it’s gonna be new territory.”

Such an invitation can pay huge dividends for a college football program, because of the high number of recruits who are viewers/listeners/readers of ESPN productions.

"I don’t know if you can put a price tag on the advertisement and the exposure that we’ll receive from it,” Gundy said. "I’m excited to go up there and continue to develop a relationship with the people at ESPN.

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