OU president David Boren plans to suggest Big 12 ban high school games on university networks

BY JENNI CARLSON Staff Writer jcarlson@opubco.com Published: July 22, 2011

Oklahoma president David Boren wants the Big 12 to ban the broadcast of high school games on the Longhorn Network or any similar network.

And he plans to lead the charge.

“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.”

The Longhorn Network came under fire earlier this week because of its plan to broadcast high school football games involving Texas recruits. Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has since put those plans on hold.

“I had raised that issue Wednesday morning, ironically, in a conference call we had with all the Big 12 presidents,” Boren said. “As you've seen since then, the commissioner has issued a statement, so at least it's temporarily put to bed and stopped.”

The NCAA has no legislation specific to a university-branded network broadcasting high school games, but a Big 12 bylaw would prohibit it for the Longhorn Network and any school that starts its own network in the future.


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