They’re havin’ a little get together.
The NCAA is preparing to address the storm that has arisen over Texas’ new 24-hour sports network, summoning school officials — and others with similar ventures and plans — to Indianapolis next month.
In a letter Monday to Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds, NCAA vice president Kevin Lennon asked the school to participate in an Aug. 22 “educational summit” on school and conference network telecasts of youth sports.
Mack Brown doesn’t understand what all the fuss over the Longhorn Network is about. It’s for the common good, people.
… Entering his 14th season as the Longhorns’ coach, he dismissed the recruiting-advantage concerns. “Those games would be games that might be on ESPN anyway,” he said. “… We’re going to sign 20-25 players a year, more 20 than 25, and those players will probably be committed to us before June in their junior year. So I don’t think that part will have any effect on recruiting at all.”
“The Big 12 is full of Texas high school football players,” he said. “So if you think about it, there would be a lot more prospects from the other teams in the Big 12 on the network than the ones from Texas.”
… The move almost assures that The Longhorn Network will launch Aug. 26 without broadcasting high school games at least at the beginning of the season. The issue has become the latest hot-button offseason item in college sports because of Texas A&M’s concern over Texas gaining a recruiting advantage.
“I’m stunned [at some of this],” said Texas AD DeLoss Dodds. “We’ve been saying the same thing from the beginning of this. We are not and will never do anything [to violate rules]. I’m a little surprised people would be concerned about us doing something.”
He’s stunned and the NCAA is its usual on-the-ball self.
… The issues are significant and confusing enough that the NCAA seemingly hasn’t been able to rule on the legality of Texas broadcasting high school games.
Anybody think this is going to end well?
… Dodds also told CBSSports.com that Notre Dame may be interested in starting its own network after speaking to ND AD Jack Swarbrick.
Nah, me neither.