Here Texas goes again
I am sure every one knew this was coming, even when the great University of Texas said they wanted the best for the conference, Texas just wants to be on top of everything, no matter who it pushes into the dirt.
Here are a few really good articles talking about this little situation college football, Big 12, and the teams in it are trying to figure out the best possible outcome. My suggestion, let Texas be with Texas, every one in the Big 12 find somewhere else to go (I know you can) and don’t worry about what stunts they might try to pull. I’m glad Nebraska is out, sorry to not have the games against the good teams (Oklahoma, Kansas, Oklahoma St, Kansas St, and Mizzu), and wish Texas wasn’t so… arrogant and controlling might be some of a few words I could use for them.
It’s actually fun to watch the whole thing rumble and crumble along the way. I would totally suggest Oklahoma and Texas A&M, and well everyone else to go look for another conference, it will be good for you and everyone else.
Statement from Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne on The Longhorn Network
STATEMENT FROM TEXAS A&M DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS BILL BYRNE IN RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS RAISED BY MEDIA REGARDING THE LONGHORN TELEVISION NETWORK:
“I have continued to have concerns about the Longhorn Network since the original announcement by ESPN and Texas. Since last summer, the Big 12 member institutions have committed to work together in a spirit of unity and equality. Recent news reports concerning this network; however, have created a considerable amount of uncertainty.
We had an agreement in place that Big 12 members would have the right to one non-conference football game and four to six basketball games for third tier, or institutional rights. The concept of the Longhorn Network broadcasting two live football games — with one of these being a conference game — had not been discussed among the Big 12 athletic directors.
Our concerns were heightened further when news reports surfaced that the Longhorn Network would be broadcasting high school football games featuring Texas high school recruits, including recruits living outside the state of Texas. Knowing how restrictive NCAA rules are regarding any collegiate representative contacting prospects, we contacted the NCAA for an interpretation. We are still waiting for the NCAA’s response.
I have continued to communicate our concerns to the conference office and my fellow athletic directors. We are pleased that the Commissioner has started to address these concerns, but many questions remain. These are significant issues for all of collegiate athletics as they relate to broadcast rights, revenue distribution and the recruitment of student-athletes.”