That BYU plays so many games on national television is a strong selling point. The Cougars boast a long-term contract with ESPN. Since going independent, BYU has played on ESPN 10 times and on the ESPN family of networks 21 times.
"ESPN has been a very good partner in helping us," Mendenhall said. "There are only seven teams that have been seen more on national TV the last two years, and none when you add BYUtv to it. So what we've gained in independence is a lot more exposure for our program to the world. ESPN has certainly helped us do that."
Recruits that sign with BYU, particularly from outside of Utah, often say one reason is the Cougars regularly appear on ESPN networks.
Offensive lineman Tim Duran, a junior college transfer from Puyallup, Wash., who signed with the Cougars last February, is not a member of the LDS Church and didn't know much about BYU before he became a target of the Cougars' recruiting efforts.
But he had seen the Cougars on television.
"BYU is a big school that plays a lot on national TV, so I definitely like that," he told the Deseret News.
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