Just when we thought the Longhorn Network would succumb to conference administrators and Big XII teams that took issue with the University’s plan to air high school football games on the soon-to-be high profile network, we are forced to think again.Â Last week, Big XII Commissioner Dan Beebe issued a statement quelling the fears of the Longhorns’ Big XII opponents saying essentially thatÂ the conference would not allow the Longhorn Network to televise high school football games – http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/22/1943123/big-12-no-preps-for-longhorn-network.html.Â All fine and dandy, right?
Then a headline and a video on KBTX.com (Bryan/College Station) mentioned that Brenham ISD had already signed a deal to air games on the already infamous Longhorn Network.Â The video mentions that one of the games scheduled to be televised is Brenham High School’s second game of the season vs. Lamar Consolidated.Â Brenham signed the contract last week, according to reports.
(Insert more bickering, foot stomping and cursing from Bob Stoops and Aggie Athletic Director Bill Byrne here..)
Today (July 28th) an entry by Danny Davis on the Statesman’s Varsity News Archives – http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/varsitynews/entries/2011/07/28/the_texas_longh.html?cxntfid=blogs_varsity_news – tells more about the Longhorn Network’s intent to air high school football games on the network.Â According to the the article, Austin High, Westwood and Lake Travis had games that the Longhorn Network was interested in airing on the network.
The Big XII AD’s meet next week to discuss the hoopla and the NCAA meets in approximately three weeks to further the discussion.