Texas A&M to meet ‘behind closed doors’ to discuss Longhorn Network


And here we go again.

Sort of.

Texas A&M’s Board of Regents was already set to meet this Thursday and Friday to discuss a variety of topics. Now, they’ll add a closed-door session to discuss the specifics of Texas’ Longhorn Network, set to launch next month.

A source close to the situation told the Houston Chronicle that the agenda item has been named “Big 12 Conference“.

Now, before anyone’s suppressed memories of last summer come charging back in a fit of rage, the agenda is supposed to be information only, including specifics regarding ESPN’s ability to air high school games on the network (which A&M has questioned before), and no action (i.e. a move to the SEC) will reportedly be taken.

InsideTide’s Twitter account has a different opinion on the matter, but we’ll let you judge this one for yourself; A&M has reportedly threatened to leave the Big 12 on a couple occasions.

However, the source did state the obvious: that the LHN puts the Big 12’s other nine members at a multi-front disadvantage, including, and most importantly, a financial one.

The LHN has been inked as a 20-year, $300 million deal. And while A&M claims they are a committed member of the Big 12 today, such a long-term partnership with one member institution could (shocker) create a rift down the road at some point.

But let’s remember a few things:

  • The Big 12 was stitched back and held together with dollar signs. Each and every member of the new Big 12 is getting significantly more money than they were a year ago. Not bad for a conference that was on the verge of collapse.
  • In fact, Texas A&M and Oklahoma are getting a larger amount than seven other Big 12 institutions.
  • The LHN isn’t a surprise to A&M, or anyone else for that matter. This isn’t a knee-jerk meeting, either.
  • A&M, despite its best efforts, isn’t going to beat Texas on the bottom line agenda. No way, no how. Ohio State and Florida can’t even beat Texas (financially, that is).

Does that mean A&M can’t be concerned over the LHN? No.

But, emotional decisions are bad business moves, and it would seem for the time being that A&M should gather all the facts before bolting anywhere.

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
Associated Press

Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
Associated Press

One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”

Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”