The Oklahoma professor agreed when asked if his work helped Saturdays happen at OU football games.
"And there's one like me at every big-time university in the country," Gurney said during a segment airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."
Oklahoma, North Carolina and Memphis are featured during an investigative report by HBO correspondent Bernard Goldberg titled "Gaming the System." A press release said "lower admission standards, coupled with higher graduation requirements, meant that many top-flight schools needed to commit resources for learning specialists to ensure that student-athletes measured up."
An advance copy was provided to the Tulsa World by HBO.
Four student-athletes were interviewed, including former OU offensive lineman Eric Mensik, who graduated in 2010.
An Oklahoma athletic department spokesperson said the school would not have a comment — if any — until after Tuesday's broadcast. (More at Tulsa World)