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Rich Rodriguez recognizes benefit of ESPN College GameDay

Rich Rodriguez and his players won't allow GameDay to become a distraction.

Arizona defensive lineman Sani Fuimaono has been watching ESPN’s GameDay for years and isn’t hiding his excitement about it coming to Tucson.

“I think it is really cool that they lead up to the main game and pick the mascot head of who they think is going to win,” Fuimaono said.

“When I was in high school I used to watch that with my dad. I think it is pretty neat that they're coming here and I'm playing in the game. It is going to be exciting.”

Although he knows his players are going to enjoy the experience, Rich Rodriguez is not worried about it becoming a distraction.

"I have fun based on winning, so if we play well and win this week I'll have fun, and if we lose I'll be miserable,” Rodriguez said.

“SID Blair Willis and our staff do a great job minimizing all the extracurricular activities that go along with the big media coverage. There are a few extra calls and a bit more attention, but they do a great job handling all of it.

“It's really not going to be too different except the buzz that our players are going to be hearing. The few extra media obligations that myself and the players will have are well worth the attention that this city and this program will be getting.”

One of the biggest benefits of GameDay is that it will help increase the overall attention on the program.

"It definitely helps us,” Rodriguez said. “We're probably having a lot of guys here for unofficial visits this weekend already, so we'll probably get some more here wanting to feel that kind of atmosphere. 

“We'll probably have some guys that want to make this weekend their official visits as well. I've said before our biggest challenge is just getting people to come visit us, so this will help just to show off the campus, Tucson and everything we have to offer. 

“If they can't be here in person they'll be able to watch GameDay and see it on television.”

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