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Longhorn Network, NCAA working out high school game kinks

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There might be restrictions to the behemoth that is the Longhorn Network, after all.

And, naturally, it’s the NCAA who could be setting said restrictions.

Set to launch next month, the LHN is working  with the NCAA on some final kinks to make sure they are fully compliant with NCAA bylaws regarding the broadcasting of high school games, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle writes today.

It’s a difficult task when prospective athletes are involved. And in Texas’ instance, that’s almost always the case.

NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson e-mailed the Chronicle that the NCAA is “engaged in a conversation with the entities to better understand their plans and what bylaws come into play.”

Chances are, Christianson is talking about bylaw 13.10 (titled Publicity). If you want to read the full rule, you can HERE, but what’s important to know is that a prospective athlete can’t be involved (in person, on film or audio) with a television or radio broadcast that might feature a coach from UT, or is organized by someone in the athletics department at UT.

ESPN can schedule the event. Texas cannot.

Additionally, the University Interscholastic League, a Texas-based inter-school organization founded by UT, prohibits live TV game broadcasts on Friday nights. Currently, the UIL has a television deal with Fox Sprots Net.

That means ESPN would have to pick up individual district games.

“ESPN will select the games based on what they feel is best,” UT athletics director DeLoss Dodds said. “We understand that this is a new world and that we’re leading the way in an area that is new to us and new to the NCAA and new to ESPN. Like everything else, we will do it in a first-class way, in the light of day, and we will do it the right way.”

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7 Responses to “Longhorn Network, NCAA working out high school game kinks”
  1. southernpatriots says: Jul 18, 2011 6:33 PM

    When UT works it out with the NCAA, other regional networks will be taking note and following suit. Huge money is available and there are many takers. There needs to be care taken however. A paraphrase of the old dictum still holds true: “Money corrupts, absolute money corrupts absolutely” or as the Bible so beautifully puts it, “The love(lust) of money is the root of all evil.”

    Texas has one of the best, if not the BEST, high school football systems and support throughout the state. Complete towns will shut down on Friday nights with only businesses open are those assisting the games (restaurants, etc.). Texas high school football has a fan base like nothing else we have ever seen. We would like to see the innocence and integrity of these contests and those student-athletes protected.

  2. jesse1834 says: Jul 18, 2011 6:55 PM

    Does anyone know of a major cable or satellite provider that is carrying the network?

  3. mdnittlion says: Jul 18, 2011 8:36 PM

    @ southernpatriots

    I always respect your insist and lord knows I’ve seen high school football stadiums in Texas that are bigger than most private colleges in the northeast, but someone really believed that Texas would have an edge in recruitment then a lawsuit would have to follow. I agree that all the money in sport recent has the ability to corrupt as you put it absolutely, but then I remember it’s UT and they’re mismanaged their resources for years. Outside of Florida and California the state of Texas as some of the best recruits and despite that, a budget for football that makes NASA blush and roughly 7-8 years of the 2 best QB’s in college football it only produced 1 National Championship. With all the advantages the school has it still only has one NC in the past 3 decades.

    So don’t worry the Longhorns can load the deck all they want it doesn’t mean it will translate into wins.

  4. southernpatriots says: Jul 19, 2011 2:41 AM

    mdnittlion: Can’t disagree with your reasoning and conclusion. However, as goes this contract with UT, so will go one for the SEC, Big 10, USC, and all the rest.

    It reminds us of, yes God forbid–Notre Dame, the alma mater of many of our relatives and neighbors. ND has drawing power from all over the U.S., and even world. The Fighting Irish have a tradition and name recognition unparalleled. They can recruit just about anyone in any market and have over the years obtained some of the best from all over, but it has not resulted in a national championship because of mismanagement, even gross mismanagement of talent. Each new coach brings hope to be dashed a few years later when little or nothing is produced. Hope springs eternal, however, and here we go again, hoping for success for the South Bend team.

    You hit upon a point that is germane throughout teams and conferences…mismanagement of talent. On the one hand, coaches and staffs must try to mature these young children into men of character and purpose while they have them, despite all the distractions and exaltations they may bring with them or gain due to their success at the college level. Molding these young men, who sometimes were taught differing systems and techniques, and try to have them achieve success in football and other athletics while matriculating successfully and hopefully gaining knowledge in academics that will help them throughout their lives is a great challenge.

    Tragic are the stories that we hear year after year about men in their 20s who earned many millions in pro sports but are now destitute, due to poor investments and mismanagement of their wealth. The examples of success such as Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Dr. “J” Julius Ervin, “Shaq” Shaquille O’Neal, are not the rule.

    We know of some who lost all their earnings due to not understanding how to even balance their check book or simple investing. Some times they trusted a business manager and could not even read the mandated report of their investments they received yearly. We will not mention them because they should not be further embarrassed. It seems every few months a new story is released by ESPN, CBS, etc. about such athletes.

    Your view is refreshing and sobering and considers their recent history. I guess over the past six decades or so that our family has been involved as participants and fans of college football that the biggest change we have seen is the huge increase of money. This has been especially over the past several decades into the SEC which has resulted in huge increases in coaches’ salaries, bigger and more luxurious stadiums, and all the rest.

    Most of the NCAA violations involve money, sometimes a measly few dollars to the $312 for Georgia Tech which has cost them the ACC championship and $100,000. If the NCAA thinks they can police the present member university situation, they are sorely mistaken. A staff increase of 300% would not be adequate. Self reporting (and opponent reporting if the truth be known) is the key to the NCAA investigations.

  5. centexhorn says: Jul 19, 2011 7:53 AM


    You conveniently forget that our quarterback — the winningest quarterback in college football history — was knocked out of the national championship game on the first drive as he was driving down the field to score. Regardless of if you think we would have won or not, you’ve got to admit that we certainly would have had a better chance of winning had Colt McCoy not gotten hurt. If we had won in 2009 (and there’s a good possibility we would have), that would make it 2 national championships and that ain’t too shabby.

  6. centexhorn says: Jul 19, 2011 7:56 AM

    Regarding the NCAA and the LHN, I really hope they work it out so that the network does not *pay* high school teams for the right to broadcast their games. That would be a horrible development and not something I could support as a Texas fan.

  7. mdnittlion says: Jul 19, 2011 7:55 PM

    @ southernpatriots

    I always appreciate your intelligent responses, although speaking as someone who applied to Notre Dame and had a few cousins that went there, I believe just like Northwestern, Stanford and Boston College the academic requirements to attend the school is so high I think they miss out on some talented players that in terms of academics who are better suited for a public university. Just to be clear I don’t mean dumb kids just students that more than likely wouldn’t get into Harvard.

    @ centexhorn

    I’ll admit the fact that if Colt had stayed in the game there’s a good chance UT wins that game. But your statement only proves my point.

    What coach doesn’t prepare the back-up for the just encase situation that could arise during any game. Gilbert wasn’t recruited to walk around Austin in a UT jersey picking up girls or to hold a clip board for 14 games during a season, he was put on scholarship to play at the flagship school in the state of Texas. When Colt goes down with an injury it’s Gilbert’s job to be ready, of course since UT mismanaged coaching him he wasn’t ready to play. Gilbert said it himself in an interview this past Christmas “he was surprised cause Colt never gets hurt”.

    You forgot to mention UT should have contented for the NC in 03 & 04 & 08, but Mack Brown couldn’t finish the job any of those times. A lot of fans come down on Bob Stoops for losing the NC so many times, I’d like to point out at least he got to the game, which is more than Texas pulled out with some of the best signal callers in the modern era. Before I forget I’m sure after this year that kid from Boise State beats Colt’s record for most wins.

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