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State of the Game 2011 - The Longhorn Network
Texas QB Garrett Gilbert
Texas QB Garrett Gilbert
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Aug 22, 2011


Fixing the scandals, Cam Newton, the Longhorn Network, and more. Along with the CFNers, check out the opinions on key topics going into the season from Matt Hayes from the Sporting News and the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein.


State of the Game 

The Longhorn Network


2011 CFN State of the Game Topics  
- Should The Death Penalty Be On The Table? 
- What One Thing Can Stop The Cheating? | Bloggers Analysis
- How To Fix The NCAA | Bloggers Analysis
- Is There Institutional Control? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Cam Newton Situation | Bloggers Analysis
Was Stanley McClover Telling The Truth? | Bloggers Analysis
Should Players Get a Bigger Stipend? | Bloggers Analysis
- Should a one-loss SEC team play for it all? | Bloggers Analysis
- Why isn't there a playoff? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Programs About To Blow Up | Bloggers Analysis
- Does The Longhorn Network Matter? | Bloggers Analysis
- What'll Happen In Ten Years? | Bloggers Analysis
- When Should Players Turn Pro? | Bloggers Analysis
- What's Your Beef? The Biggest Complaints | Bloggers Analysis

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Question No. 10. Is Texas having its own network a good thing, a negative, or neither?  

E-mail Pete Fiutak

It's giving the other Big 12 teams a convenient excuse for not wanting to be in the Big 12, and it's allowing everyone to make Texas out to be even more of an evil empire, but it really doesn't matter as much as many are screaming it does.

In today's day and age, everyone is on TV. Notre Dame, basically, has its own network; the Big Ten has its own network; and for the SEC has ESPN and CBS to count on to showcase all the top teams. If you're playing for a top-tier program, you're going to be on national television every week, and it's not like Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and others in the Big 12 are going to have to work any harder than they already do to recruit against the Longhorns.

The bigger problem could be money. The Longhorn Network will be good for exposure, but it'll be better for making the rich program even richer. Texas will have even more dough than ever to ensure that the facilities are top-shelf.

By Matt Hayes
Sporting News


Really? Who cares. More power to them. When you’re talking about one or two football games a year on the network, does it really matter?

By Teddy Greenstein
Chicago Tribune


It has to a bad thing for Texas A&M, T Tech and the rest of the Big 12. Outside the league, no impact.

By Richard Cirminiello

The Longhorn Network is obviously good for Texas, but has clearly gotten under the skin of the other Big 12 schools. In the end, it’ll neither be especially good or bad for the sport, in general, provided the NCAA prevents it from becoming the recruiting mouthpiece of UT.

By Matt Zemek

It’s an unqualified negative. Conference networks are fine. Individual networks might not reflect institutional arrogance, but they do represent the transformation of sports broadcasting and sports coverage into public relations vehicles or publicity arms. Broadcasters are shilling for the university instead of providing objective accounts of athletic competitions, and that’s the least of the worries one ought to consider. This is part of the nuclear arms race for college sports cash and market share. It’s not exactly a manifestation of a commitment to holistic education or the areas of human endeavor that really matter in the long run of life.

By Barrett Sallee
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For Texas, it’s a really good thing. It’ll probably cause the downfall of the Big 12, but Texas doesn’t care about it. The way that contract is set up, the Longhorns can go independent and not miss a beat, even though various reports suggest that independence isn’t an option for Texas at this time.

2011 CFN State of the Game Topics  
- Should The Death Penalty Be On The Table? 
- What One Thing Can Stop The Cheating? | Bloggers Analysis
- How To Fix The NCAA | Bloggers Analysis
- Is There Institutional Control? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Cam Newton Situation | Bloggers Analysis
Was Stanley McClover Telling The Truth? | Bloggers Analysis
Should Players Get a Bigger Stipend? | Bloggers Analysis
- Should a one-loss SEC team play for it all? | Bloggers Analysis
- Why isn't there a playoff? | Bloggers Analysis
- The Programs About To Blow Up | Bloggers Analysis
- Does The Longhorn Network Matter? | Bloggers Analysis
- What'll Happen In Ten Years? | Bloggers Analysis
- When Should Players Turn Pro? | Bloggers Analysis
- What's Your Beef? The Biggest Complaints | Bloggers Analysis

LIMITED TIME ONLY: CLICK HERE for a Free Week of Top-Rated Selections

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