"SEC Nation" brings national spotlight to MU

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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri will have the spotlight Saturday morning when "SEC Nation" will broadcast from the Francis Quadrangle. While the show is an opportunity for exposure for the school, an MU official said it is an event that requires a lot of time and work to put together.

The last time MU hosted an event like this was in 2010 when ESPN's "College Gameday" broadcast their show from the Quad.

"This is an effort that we had more lead time than we did last time with 'Gameday' to prepare for, about two weeks," general manager of event production services at MU Nathan Anderson said. "So we were able to get just a ton of great people around us. The ESPN and SEC Nation folks have been fantastic."

He said the effects from this kind of exposure, being on national television, gets people interested in MU makes them want to know more about the school.

"With Gameday, back in 2010, when we got back to campus the following Monday, there were literally tons of calls that came in from prospective students, parents, people that were just curious about, they had just seen the University of Missouri on a national stage and now they wanted to know more about the school."

Anderson said this show will help those interested in coming to MU to see what the campus and student body are like.

"We really feel like it's a recruitment effort from, you know, top to bottom," he said. "It's showing students in other states and across the country, again, you know, the Mizzou experience, and that's really what we're looking for, to really just showcase this campus."