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With national signing day behind us and the sobering realties of a rapidly changing recruiting landscape and underachieving football program – I see a glaring parallel between the formation and launch of the Longhorn Network and the decline of the UT athletic department as a whole. Wasn’t this venture supposed to preserve and expand UT’s top-dog status, not only in the Big 12, but also nationally? Distribution issues aside, I contend that the Longhorn Network is emblematic of UT’s fall from grace.
For the record, this my first original post and I would enjoy discussing your short/long-term views on the Network - positive and negative.
Open up a can of worms.
LHN and our current state of suck are not correlate able.
That could be a country song.
My wife just left with my best friend and I miss him already.
To the question, quality of the network is awesome, I'm at a loss why they don't show more of the olympic sports.
Distribution is getting worked out, long term a big plus.
When a bad year is 9-4 and ranked #18/19. . .
The LHN is not our problem. Everything about it is quality.
Yep but the LHN should never ever show more than one meaningless directional school football game per year.
The LHN has nothing to do directly with the issues facing the athletic department. The root causes of the decline of the football and basketball programs were in place well before the LHN
What the LHN should have done now is create a higher sense of urgency from an administrative level to maintain elite programs in football and basketball.
The LHN should have raised the stakes with a clear understanding of what adds value to a university sports network struggling to get distribution. The decline of the football and basketball programs couldn't have come at a worse time.The goal should be nothing short of top 10 football and basketball programs. While that is an ambitious goal, so is having your own university network. If you're really the exception, rather than the rule, then act like it.
The fact the administration is sitting on their laurels speaks volumes. They're getting exactly what they deserve.
The LHN is awesome, we are not
Interesting timing when compared to ND decline with the NBC TV deal and Texas decline with the LHN deal
OP - welcome to the enlightened side. You have come to accept a reality that will only be explained 10 years from now once history has tied everything together.
LHN was a bad idea. ESPN bought into this bad idea, which was bad for UT. Now we have an embarrasing shambles of a conference patched together with a band-aid from West Virginia. We play Thanksgiving games in front of an uninspired, half-empty stadium.
We are an arrogant pariah in the fellowship of college athletics. Mack restored our brand, and DeLoss played it for all it was worth. He overplayed our hand and it's finally come home to roost.
LHN is the symbolic representation of how DeLoss Dodds brought down Texas. As I said before, books will be written about this in years to come, once the carnage has been muddled through.
As for right now today, the inferno is still engulfing the house.
The problem with the LHN is that the Texas athletic department money makers are not forward thinking enough. If they had any common sense, they would have developed a reasonably cost effective high def on-line alternative for every football and basketball game. But, of course, the money grubbers at ESPN and their ilk are a bit too much like the big "entertainment" companies have been with music. Don't get me wrong, I believe that content facilitators as well as content creators should be able to realize a reasonable profit, but there is a point beyond which profit for profit's sake reduces what a lot of us think of as a representation of our good old alma mater into just another money grubbing endeavor. In other words, the folks who set up the LHN, were not forward thinking enough. They should have looked at what is going on in the music industry. But, then again, we are the Jones, right? We set the standards, right? Eh! Sometimes, not so much.
This post was edited by BudreauReye 17 months ago
Did somebody say "correlate able"?
May be they are trying to wind back the grammatical clock, so they can invent themselves a new contraction, correlat'able, and then, later, re-invent themselves a new word. See what I did with "may be" there? But, then, they would have to be comfort able with the long time frames it takes to evolve language usage. Me. I'm looking forward to the development of emoticons in this brave new grammatical and communicative world. ;) Well! Looky there!
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by BudreauReye 17 months ago
So the LHN is the reason for our on field poor play, thus poor recruiting class. Got it!!
Disciplina praesidium civitatis
'twas me and my IPad.
Not the LHNs fault. We are undefeated on that channel. Haha.
The SEC of signatures....
Dang them IPads! They are insidious devices! Me! I would not have one, but, where would I be without their fodder to make fun of? ;)
If nobody saw it, wuz it really a win? Somethin, somethin, like bears poopin and trees fallin in the woods ...........
Correlation does not equal causation. But sometimes two birds can do it in a bush.
Some birds actually do it on the fly. Naw! not really! I guess I should say that some hummingbirds do a lot of foreplay in midair.
Yes. And I was gruntled to hear it.
Nowhere in my post do I imply that the Network is responsible for on field performance. That's ridiculous. I'm talking about the overall focus of the athletic department and the reality of the network's impact on recruiting and program image
stupid f*cking post. drama much?
you people wringing your dicks over a 15-man class that is ranked in top 20 and 1st or 2nd in the conference are real masochists.
This post was edited by Endust 17 months ago
Very insightful response. Guess what endust? The sky has already fallen on the current regime. As a lifelong Horn, the current state of affairs is troublesome. No whining, just coming to grips that the pendgulom is swinging in the wrong direction. And the Longhorn Network is just another example of form over substance.
Apples and oranges. Unless there were contractual/political obligations that prevented them from doing so, there's not a college football program anywhere that wouldn't have signed up for the deal if given the opportunity given the ridiculous $$$ that ESPN threw out there. The LHN is a novel concept that still has a big kink to be worked out (i.e, distribution). It's a quality operation with a limited (though large) target audience, but it generates a lot of revenue for the academic side of things, which is something just about every university is clamoring for in this economy. However, it's an easy target for everyone to gripe about when the discussion turns to talking about resources that Texas has at its disposal vs. average-to-below-average performance in other areas. Still, in reality, on the field performance is a different discussion altogether-- and lord knows that topic has been addressed ad nauseam on this and other boards (and justifiably so I might add).
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