The University of Texas has put its plans to air high school games on the Longhorn Network on hold according to a report from the Dallas Morning News. The plan had caused an uproar throughout college football, and even had Oklahoma and Texas A&M talking about heading to the SEC. In order to placate the Longhorns' longtime rivals, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe announced the compromise, saying the Longhorn Network would hold off on televising high school matches until the conference and the NCAA had decided how the telecasts should be regulated.
The creation of a single-school network raises immediate questions as to the influence such a network could have in recruiting. Especially if an admittedly biased station were to become involved with future Division I athletes. Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodd emphasized his school's commitment to keeping everything above board.
"We want to play by the rules," Dodd said. "We want everything to be in the open with integrity. We’re for the conference."
Such a statement will likely do little to help ease the fears of the Aggie and Sooner nations, however.