SPOKANE, Wash. - It's not like they haven't heard it before. They've just never heard it from someone like Jimmy Kimmel.
"When I tell people about Gonzaga, they're like 'where is that?'" said GU senior Eloisa Serrano.
Kimmel asked the same question Monday night during his monologue on the NCAA tournament, but took it one step further.
"I have a theory. I know this might be controversial, but here it is: I don't believe Gonzaga exists," the late night host said. "I've never heard the word 'Gonzaga' outside of college basketball. I don't know where it is, I don't know anyone who went there, I don't even know anyone who knows anyone that went there."
"I know for a fact there's a lot more than just basketball," said junior Kevin Makens. "We got a library right there!"
Kimmel posted the video to his Twitter Tuesday and was met with hundreds of fans willing to set the record straight.
"It's not that surprising to me," said freshman Cameron Holton. "Some of my friends thought I was in Indiana when I went away to school."
KXLY talked with a handful of students on (the very real) campus Wednesday, who told us even after 20 straight trips to the NCAA tournament, Gonzaga is still fighting for the respect it deserves.
"We just don't have the reputation, even though we have earned our right to have the reputation," said Makens. "There's no respect for us because we come from the WCC."
Respect or no respect, Visit Spokane will take what they can get.
"My first reaction was, 'he's talking about Gonzaga, more than he did the other schools and I think that's a positive thing," said public relations manager Kate Hudson. "It's priceless, really. If you really wanna put a monetary value on it, it's probably millions of dollars in advertising."
The campus -- and the students' love for their school -- is as real as it gets.
"If anything it's like, part of our charm that we're so small," said senior Daisy Montalvo.
Now, the Zags say it's only fitting if Kimmel makes a trip to The Kennel. Kimmel's team tells KXLY he's planned for the next best thing: a specially recorded video message for Spokane about the monologue. Stay tuned to our KXLY4 Facebook page and tune into KXLY Nightside at 11 p.m. Wednesday to watch.
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