Well, now we're getting somewhere. The Texas Longhorns' private television network, the Longhorn Network, will be remembered as the last straw in the great conference realignment straw pile of 2011. Among the many perceived outrages it loosed upon the rest of the Big 12, none provoked more discord than the Texaswide Leader's attempt to broadcast high school football games.
As Chip Brown first reported and Chuck Carlton confirmed, it looks like the Horns have backed off. Giving up the network's prime recruiting advantage for six years, though that deal could last as long as 13, according to Brown -- the same six-year period covered by the Big 12's new media rights sharing deal -- would mean a lot for conference stability, perhaps even beyond the course of that agreement.
This certainly means the Missouri Tigers will stay and Texas A&M will change its mind. No. Actually, Mizzou's exit doesn't seem quite as certain as it did just a couple days ago.
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