At the rate we're going, every Big 12 school will have spoken out about Texas' new behemoth, the Longhorn Network, by the middle of next week. Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe already made it clear that the pause button was being hit on plans to televise high school games, with an emphasis on those involving Texas football recruits, as the conference figured out how to handle the situation without imploding out of jealousy and anger. That hasn't stopped other schools from continuing the torrent of negativity, though.
Oklahoma president David Boren doesn't just want the Longhorn Network to refrain from showing high school games, he wants any kind of conference network to do the same.
“I'm going to be, at the proper time, suggesting we adopt a conference rule against either the conference network or any university network broadcasting high school games,” Boren told The Oklahoman. “It's unfair recruiting, and it's trying to push all those people into purchasing network memberships and so on.
“It's just not the right thing to do.”
He fails to mention that Texas' Longhorn Network is, in fact, the Big 12 Network because, you know, Texas runs the show and all.
For now, it seems likely Texas won't be showing high school games on its network anytime soon and the rumors of the Big 12's demise can subside for another six months before coming out of hibernation again.