Saturday, May 17, 2008

In the big time

TUSCALOOSA - Jana McGinnis asked and answered the question is the same breath.
How big is it for Jacksonville State - not just the softball program, but the entire university - that the Gamecocks were in the regional final on ESPN2? Huge.
Indeed. Regardless of the outcome of Saturday's game, it was a win-win situation for McGinnis' program and the entire Gamecock Nation.
They could never buy the kind of nationwide exposure the cable network gave it Saturday night.
No doubt, the network people were here for Alabama -- and were probably a little disappointed they lost the Florida State demographic in the final -- but that ought not mean the Gamecocks shouldn't take advantage of the ride.
As it was, it was the first time softball was on any kind of television other than local TV-24. And if you take away football, it was the first time any JSU sport has been on something national other than ESPNU.

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