2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days

July 14-15 | TV: Pac-12 Network
Hollywood & Highland | Hollywood, CA

2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days: Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen says appearance on 'The Drive' helped recruiting

Coach Gary Andersen loved being on 'The Drive,' but one person took issue with a few moments:

"My mom scolded me a little bit sometimes for my language and the bleeps that were in there sometimes, but I tried to be who I was."

The Beavers and Utes were featured on the latest season of 'The Drive,' and Andersen--who was in his first year at the helm in Corvallis--said it gave his team a great opportunity to show fans who the real Beavs. 

"I feel like we were ourselves as a program. We didn't hide from our deficiencies and we didn't hide from the struggles and problems we were going through. I was very proud of the way our kids carried themselves."

The Beavers finished with a 2-10 overall record and went 0-9 in Pac-12 play, but coach Andersen said re-watching the program in the offseason taught him a lot about his team's grit.

"They fought, and it was obvious that, if you were an outsider, they didn't cave in. They didn't quit. They didn't walk away. They kept on battling all the way to the end and that's something that, in that situation, you have to hope happens."

Another upside: Andersen said it's helped with recruitment.

"It gets you out there. We share the message clearly to when you should watch it, when it's on, when our recruits need to sit back and understand what it's about that week. But it just shows personalities. It reflects your program," he told reporters at Pac-12 Football Media Day. "It's a powerful, powerful tool."

"I wish they were coming back this year," he added. "Hopefully we play good enough that they will."

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