"The young men we recruit are aware of ESPN and watch it all the time, so I think it’s priceless for us to have the opportunity to do this.”
Such visits from athletes, coaches and celebrities have become common practice at the ESPN campus. Movie stars come to promote upcoming films and athletes come to show their marketable side. Gundy will be the second Oklahoman in the last two months to run the ESPN gauntlet, following former OU basketball player Blake Griffin’s visit to the campus prior to the NBA Draft last month.
Some people approach the network seeking out that exposure to promote a personal endeavor, and others are pursued by the network. And ESPN sees it as a win-win situation.
"Obviously, it lets our people get to know the subject better and see them in a more relaxed setting on our campus and the athlete or coach gets a different kind of exposure,” said ESPN Communications representative Dan Quinn. "And the viewers get to see that person in a different light, away from the field, out of uniform. It has value for everyone involved.”
Rather than try to prepare for what topics the variety of shows might approach, Gundy plans to shoot from the hip.
"I’m gonna show up and see what happens,” Gundy said. "They’re bringing me up there to get information about our football team and our players.
"To try to have some prepared response would be harder than just answering their questions.”