SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -

Many thrilled over the NCAA tournament for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo said they’re optimistic it’ll boost the schools popularity.

Athletics director Brian Thurmond said their website has gained more than 40 million hits, and many around the nation are curious to learn more about Cal Poly.

Thurmond said, “It’s a financial gain for the Big West Conference. What they do is they get it and distribute it among the schools. The further you go the more pieces of the pie they get.”

Rafael Jimenez, a professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, said “Every university that has a good athletic department does well. We’ll attract more students to come here.”

“When we go to visit a player,  word gets out there the more successful we get in recruiting..”