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Coach, Player & Family Testimonials
Mike Candrea, Arizona softball
"We have players from Colorado and Northern California whose parents are able to watch on TV. Our fans travel well, but it’s great that our parents now have options and can at least watch their daughters play on television."
Mike White, Oregon Softball
"The only time softball was ever on TV was pretty much just in the World Series, with post-season games. Now, with the Pac-12 Networks, people can count on seeing us on television. There has been a lot more exposure since the Pac-12 Networks."
Kelly Inouye-Perez, UCLA Softball
"Being on TV used to be an almost intimidating opportunity. But now, the girls are gaining more experience, which teaches them how to represent themselves and their team and how to speak on camera. All of those things add up and allows the girls to prepare for beyond the softball field."
Mark Marquess, Stanford baseball
"Parents make a sacrifice when they send their kids away to school. If their son is from Texas and he wants to go to Stanford, the parents won’t be able to see him play unless they make the expensive trip to watch. With the Pac-12 Networks, parents can now see their sons play all the time. It definitely helps on recruiting. I’m sure we've lost some guys over the years where they wanted to come, but the parents wanted to see their son play more often and couldn't because we weren't on TV. Whereas now, they’re able to do that. That’s a plus. That takes away a reason to not come to Stanford, Cal, wherever."
Bill Kinneberg, Utah baseball
"If I can get you to Salt Lake, we’re going to get you because its so beautiful. A lot of these recruits are making their decisions so early and Salt Lake isn't a big destination for these kids. They don’t come through Salt Lake as often as Stanford, UCLA, Cal. The more exposure we get on the Pac-12 Networks, the better its going to be."
Dan Hubbs, USC baseball
"The kids love the attention of being on television. They’re really excited about the idea of being on TV. They’re watching all the games, whenever they can. We were on the Pac-12 Networks against Cal, and one of the players was able to go home and watch himself hit his first home run ever. Then he took a photo of the screen and posted it to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. The kids are now starting to say 'Hey, we’re on Pac-12 Networks watch us tonight.' So, it’s a big deal to them."
Janae Fulcher, Arizona State women's basketball
"Women are finally starting to get recognized for our talent. We can compete and we’re exciting to watch and people should be watching more women’s sports. Not only just women’s basketball but volleyball, softball, pretty much anything they can get on television. We’re capable of playing sports and women should be recognized more for our talents. Pac-12 Networks is giving us that platform."
"I had awesome parents who were at pretty much every home game. But my grandma, grandpa, cousins and everyone were constantly asking me 'when are you going to be on TV?' So I thought, wow, they really want to see my games. You never really think about it, but it was huge! It was so crazy how my family or even people at my church would call or come up to me and say 'I just saw you on television.' It's awesome to come home to this huge fan base that you didn't really know you had. You don’t really realize how much you impact people’s lives until they see you on TV. Having my family be able to watch me on TV meant the world to me. They’re my backbone, they’re my everything, and I’m so glad they were able to watch me on TV."
Mary Claire Brenner, Oregon State softball / track & field
"My parents were thrilled last year when they heard the Pac-12 Networks were coming out. They got cable for the first time in a long time just so they could watch. My granny, aunts and uncles, they all want to watch. Because there have been three athletes in my family, my parents have had to split up a lot. If my mom has to watch my brother Doug play football and my dad has to watch my sister Liz play volleyball, they can record the games and won’t miss a single event. They're loving it."
Jennifer Brenner, mother of three Pac-12 student-athletes
"The Pac-12 Network has been great for our entire family. We have had friends and relatives in all the Pac-12 states able to watch the Pac-12 contests via television and the Pac-12 Now app. When our children compete in other states some of our relatives come to their matches. The Pac-12 Network allows them to continue to watch them compete throughout their season via television or on the computer. As an example, our children's grandparents live in Colorado and are able to watch the Oregon games on the Pac-12 Oregon region via the computer."
Tad Berkowitz, Arizona men's tennis
"Having the Pac-12 Networks is huge to get the brand out there, not only to get the Pac-12 brand, but the university’s brand. It’s being broadcasted to not only your region, but across the country. It’s a huge recruiting advantage for our sport. Because we are an Olympic sport, we don’t get covered on TV often, so this is huge. Obviously kids growing up want to be on TV, but the sport that they play and the fact that now the Pac-12 Networks is providing that for our conference is great."
Peter Smith, USC men's tennis
"Our kids absolutely love it. They look forward to that match and it adds more meaning to that match. The cameras are on, it’s show time. They're very excited to play in that format because everybody wants to win when they're on television. You're legit when you're on TV. That's the bottom line, and I certainly think my kids feel that way. That's the power of the Pac-12 Networks."
Peter Wright, California men's tennis
"Our kids are fired up to be on TV. Being on TV, on the Pac-12 Networks is a big deal for guys, they're not normally on TV. As a coach I would like the guys to get used to it, but for the moment, it’s a big thrill."
Jill Hultquist, Washington women's tennis
"The Pac-12 Networks are huge not only for the players in the program that obviously get very excited to be on TV, but also for recruiting. For recruits and their families to be exposed to Pac-12 tennis and be able to see it on TV well before they enter college is a huge benefit."
Stella Sampras, UCLA women's tennis
"Anytime we get exposure, being at UCLA, is going to help us. Having the Pac-12 Networks is great for our recruits and for people to see what is going on at UCLA. If it's other sports, or it's tennis, the more we can be exposed across the country, the better. All those things are great. I think stories behind the scenes of student athletes and what they have gone through - those are always touching stories that people love, at least I do."
Lele Forood, Stanford women's tennis
"I think any exposure is good at this point because we are a very under-exposed sport at the collegiate level. Having the Pac-12 Networks covering women's tennis is great and I think the more interviews with the athletes is awesome, I think the kids and the fans will all enjoy that a lot."
Jason Borelli, Stanford wrestling
"After the Championship last year, I received literally hundreds of texts and emails, each expressing excitement about being able to watch it on television. My wife and I are from Michigan and by having the Championship televised fans and family members were able to be a part of the experience. Also, this past year we were ranked #12 in terms of our recruiting class, and I think this has to do with the exposure the Pac-12 Networks gives us."
Megan Marsden, Utah women's gymnastics
“The Pac-12 Networks has been a great way for us to show off our huge fan base to recruits. Most of our recruits come from out of the state of Utah and this is our chance to show them the atmosphere and the level of competition they’ll enjoy if they become a Ute. We are seeing the benefits when we go in the home of a recruit and she already has witnessed our home crowds of 14,000 plus on the Pac-12 Networks.”